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Thea Riofrancos

Providence College; Radcliffe Institute; Carnegie Corporation
United States
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Thea Riofrancos is an associate professor of political science at Providence College, an Andrew Carnegie Fellow (2020-2022), and a Radcliffe Institute Fellow (2020-2021). Her research focuses on resource extraction, renewable energy, climate change, green technology, social movements, and the left in Latin America. These themes are explored in her book, Resource Radicals: From Petro-Nationalism to Post-Extractivism in Ecuador (Duke University Press, 2020) and her co-authored book, A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal (Verso Books, 2019). Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Boston Review, The Baffler, n+1, Dissent, Jacobin, among others.

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2021. “From Cases To Sites: Studying Global Processes In Comparative Politics” In Erica Simmons And Nicholas Rush Smith Eds. Rethinking Comparison, Cambridge University Press.

2020. Resource Radicals: From Petro-Nationalism to Post-Extractivism in Ecuador, Duke University Press, Radical Américas Series

2019. (With Kate Aronoff, Daniel Aldana Cohen, and Alyssa Battistoni) a Planet to Win: Why We Need A Green New Deal, Verso Books

2018. With Tulia Falleti. “Endogenous Participation: Prior Consultation In Extractive Economies.” World Politics 70.1

2017. “El Proyecto Mirador En El Contexto Nacional De (Neo)Extractivismo” In K. Van Teijlingen, E. Leifsen, C. Fernández-Salvador, And L. Sánchez-Vázquez (Eds.), La Amazonía Minada: Minería A Gran Escala Y Conflictos En El Sur Del Ecuador. Quito: Editorial Usfq And Ediciones Abya-Yala.

2017. “Scaling Democracy: Participation And Resource Extraction In Latin America.” Perspectives On Politics 15.3,678-696

2017. “Extractivismo Unearthed: A Genealogy Of A Radical Discourse.” Cultural Studies. 31:2-3, 277-306

Media Coverage

Thea Riofrancos was quoted in an article on lithium in Bolivia in “The world needs lithium. Can Bolivia’s new president deliver it?,” Grist, 11/12/2020.

Thea Riofrancos spoke about a Global Green New Deal in “Latin America unites to fight global inequalities in new regional pact,” Mongabay, August 27, 2020.

Thea Riofrancos speaks about the need for ambitious financing for climate solutions in “A Golden Opportunity for a Green Stimulus,” New Republic, March 13, 2020.

Thea Riofrancos is quoted speaking on the environmental impacts of lithium and the future of transportation in “The curse of ‘white oil’: electric vehicles’ dirty secret,” The Guardian, December 8, 2020.