Western University Political ScienceFaculty of Social Science

Andrés Pérez-Baltodano



Ph.D. Carleton University
Telephone: 519.661.2111 ext. 85154
E-mail: aperez@uwo.ca
Office: Social Sciences Centre 4164

Research Interests

Dr. Perez is interested in religion and politics in Latin America, and the politics of Liberation Theology and Critical Political Science.

Current Research Projects

1. Religion, Politics and Social Justice: Voices of Liberation Theology in the XXI Century

This project will result in a book and a video containing his interviews and conversations with approximately twenty key representatives of the different branches of Liberation Theology in Latin America. The interviews center around four topics: lessons learned from the history of Liberation Theology in the XX Century, the future of Liberation Theology in Latin America, the evolution of the principle of “the preferential option for the poor,” and the relationship between Liberation Theology and the social sciences.

2. Between God and the State: Cognitive and Cultural Dimensions of Politics and Power in Latin America

This book project analyzes the impact of globalization on human security in Latin America and examines some critical cultural responses to this phenomenon. More specifically, it analyzes the relationship between some of the new forms and levels of human insecurity created by globalization and the intensification of religiosity in the region.

3. Critical Political Science

This project explores and seeks to articulate the foundational frameworks –ontological, epistemological, and methodological– of a political science ethically framed by the principle of “the preferential option for the poor.” This principle –the cornerstone of Liberation Theology– establishes that “that the poor, the marginalized and in all cases those whose living conditions interfere with their proper growth should be the focus of particular concern” (Compendium Social Justice, 2005, 182). In this sense, as the theologian José María López Vigil points out, the option for the poor is an “option for justice,” i.e., an “option for the victims of injustice.”

Selected Publications


Refereed Journal Articles

Book Chapters

Recent Conference Presentations

Awards and Distinctions