Simon Granovsky-Larsen

Associate Professor
PhD, York University (Political Science); MA, York University (Social and Political Thought); BA Hon., Dalhousie University (International Development and Spanish)

Office: CL 215
Phone: (306) 585-5679
Fax: (306) 585-4815

Current classes
Fall 2019 - IS 220 (International Development and Poverty), IS 400 (Capstone International Studies Seminar)

Research interests
Critical development studies, Latin American politics, Guatemala, Central America, social movements, political violence, post-conflict transitions, extractive industries. 

Current Research Projects

My research examines Guatemala's post-conflict transition, especially in relation to ongoing political violence and the efforts of social movements to transform the country.  This work is based on more than fifteen years of collaboration with grassroots groups and human rights defenders in Guatemala.

My current research project, "The Militarization of Mega-Development in Guatemala," maps and theorizes the repressive model used to enforce large-scale extractive projects (mining, hydroelectricity, agro-industry), with a focus on the interaction between private companies and non-state armed groups.  I also have two book manuscripts accepted for 2019 publication.  Dealing with Peace:  The Guatemalan Campesino Movement and the Post-Conflict Neoliberal State (University of Toronto Press, 2019), looks at how the Guatemalan campesino (peasant) social movement participated in the country's peace process and neoliberal transition beginning in the mid-1990s.  The second book, Organized Violence: Capitalist Warfare in Latin America (University of Regina Press, 2019, co-edited with Dawn Paley), is an interdisciplinary collection of research on violence and capitalism in contemporary Latin America.

Recent Publications

  • Granovsky-Larsen, S. (Forthcoming, 2019). Dealing with Peace: The Guatemalan Campesino Movement and the Post-Conflict Neoliberal State. University of Toronto Press.
  • Paley, D. and S. Granovsky-Larsen, eds (Forthcoming, 2019). Organized Violence: Capitalist Warfare in Latin America. University of Regina Press.
  • Granovsky-Larsen, S. 2018. "In  Guatemala, security forces square off against social movements" NACLA Report on the Americas 50:1, 15-18.
  • Granovsky-Larsen, S. 2018. "Terror in Guatemala." NACLA Online, June 21.
  • Granovsky-Larsen, S. 2017. "The Guatemalan campesino movement and the post-conflict neoliberal state." Latin American Perspectives 44(5): 53-73.
  • Granovsky-Larsen, S. 2017. "Land reform and the reconfiguration of power in post-conflict Guatemala." In North & Clark (eds), Dominant Elites in Latin America, from Neoliberalism to the Pink Tide, 181-204. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Granovsky-Larsen, S. 2017. "Guatemalan water protectors fight to free their rivers." Upside Down World, September 18.
  • Granovsky-Larsen, S. 2013. "Between the bullet and the bank: Agrarian conflict and access to land in neoliberal Guatemala." Journal of Peasant Studies 40:2, 325-350.
  • Granovsky-Larsen, S. 2011. "Martial law, repression, and remilitarization in Guatemala." NACLA Online, February 17.
  • Granovsky-Larsen, S. 2011. "The struggle to recover indigenous land in Guatemala." Canadian Dimension 45 (1): 33-36.
  • Granovsky-Larsen, S. 2010. "Upsetting neoliberalism: The end of an era in Latin America." Problematique 12, 42-63.
  • Granovsky-Larsen, S. 2007. La CICIACS: Defensores de derechos humanos y el estado de derecho en la posguerra (The CICIACS: Human rights defenders and the post-war rule of law). Guatemala: Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo and Oxfam-Novib.

Awards and Distinctions

  • Faculty of Arts Dean's Prize for Accessible Scholarly Writing, University of Regina, 2018
  • President's Research Seed Grant, University of Regina, 2016
  • Dean's Research Award, University of Regina Faculty of Arts, 2016
  • Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS) Outstanding Dissertation Prize, 2015
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2010-2011
  • Canada Graduate Scholarship, Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), 2007-2010
  • Martin Coenstadt Graduate Research Award for Studies in Non-Violence, York University, 2005
  • Dalhousie University Medal for International Development Studies, 2002