Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies
The Bildner Center brings together scholars, policymakers, civil society leaders, and other stakeholders to further understand and foster policy-oriented research concerning the governance, security, and economic well-being of peoples in the Americas.
The center's mission is to create a shared community of specialists in the Americas and organizations to forward understanding of the complexities of social, economic, political, cultural, and ecological life in the Western Hemisphere.
Founded in 1982 with the support of businessman and philanthropist Albert Bildner, the Center has been directed by sociologist Mauricio Font since 2000.
The Center has several projects regarding social, political, and economic dynamics in the western hemisphere: the Brazil Project, the Cuba Project, and the Mexican Studies Group.Projects
Our Program Areas
Our major program areas are: Transitions and Reform Processes in a Global Context, Developing Human and Social Capital, Democratic Governance and Human Security, Transnational Communities, and Global Cooperation and Regional Integration.Areas of Focus
Photo Credits: Sebastien Paquet/Flickr, CIAT/Flickr
The State and the Private Sector in Latin America
This book follows ten political economic histories since the 1970s, showing how different forms of partnership have developed, flourished or declined over the time. The author's argument is supported by rich empirical material. It places partnership schemes in a broader social context and provides a deep insight into the phenomenon.
Published June 2015
Handbook on Cuban History, Literature, and the Arts
New Perspectives on Historical and Contemporary Social Change
"Handbook on Cuban History, Literature, and the Arts offers in one volume a comprehensive view of the status of Cuban studies today. The book illuminates the growing salience of social issues and changes in music, literature, cinema, and theater, thus fostering a fuller understanding of historical and current social dynamics of a Cuba in transformation today. This compilation contributes to the development of a framework for understanding the ongoing transformations in the presence of changing structural dynamics."
Published June 2014
Reformando el modelo económico cubano
This book focuses on Cuba’s emergent economic model within a historical framework that includes small businesses and their regulation by the state, new taxation structure, prospects for future cooperatives, Cuban exports and competitiveness in the international market, and prospects for micro-financing.
Additional Editor: Mario González-Corzo
Published January 2014