Magda von der Heydt-Coca

Magda von der Heydt-Coca

Assistant Research Scholar

Research Interests: Socio-economic history of Latin America, developmental processes

Education: PhD, University of Marburg, Germany

Magda von der Heydt-Coca, Ph.D. was Assistant Research Scholar at the University of Johns Hopkins University, Department of Sociology. Born in Bolivia, she studied in the University of Cordoba, Argentina with a Bachelor degree in Social Sciences and in the Phillips University of Marburg in Germany where she received her Ph.D. She taught at University of Zurich, Department of Social Anthropology (1984-1999) and moved to the US. She taught in the Elliot School of International Affairs, The George Washington University. Department of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University (2000-2019). She is fluent in Spanish, German and English.

The focus of her research is political economy and developmental processes in Latin America, especially the link between Latin American economies and the world economy. Publications: about the Bolivian populist revolution of 1952 (in German: Die Bolivianishe Revolution, 1982), Latin American Development from Populism to Neopopulism. A Multidisciplinary Perspective, Rowman and Littlefield, 2022 and articles in peer-reviewed international journals about Andean silver and the rise of the Western World, the incorporation of the Andean world into the emerging world-economy in the colonial period, the ethnic dynamic of social movements in Bolivia, and the neoliberal agenda in Bolivia.

Lexington Books, 2021
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Latin American Development from Populism to Neopopulism: A Multidisciplinary Perspective explores the socioeconomic development of Latin America through the periods of populism, military dictatorships, neoliberalism and neopopulism by utilizing a multidisciplinary approach. By analyzing the trends and main socioeconomic structures in each period, von der Heydt-Coca explains the interactions of economic, social, and political spheres. Paradigmatic case studies complement the picture of each period and draw on extensive literature covering economics, history, sociology, and anthropology. Special emphasis is placed on how the world economy constrains the socioeconomic development in the region by examining the influence of international financial organizations and hegemonic countries. Von der Heydt-Coca answers the complex question of why Latin American countries, blessed with a bounty of natural resources and capable of industrialization, could not escape their role as producers and exporters of primary goods.