Talks

2017
“Sustainable Development & the US Constitution.” Social Theory Mini-Conference. California State University, Los Angeles. 27 April 2017. Los Angeles, CA.

“In Defense of Globalism.” Department of Sociology. University of Southern California. 17 April 2017. Los Angeles, CA.

“Fake News.” Technologies of Truth & Critical Theory in a “Post-Truth” Era Panel Discussion. College of Arts & Letters. California State University, Los Angeles. 11 April 2017. Los Angeles, CA. 2016.

2016
“Human Rights in the United States.” University of Liberia. 2 July 2016. Monrovia, LIBERIA.

w/ Aditi Sapra, “US-UN tensions on Sustainable Development and Human Rights.” Social Theory Mini-Conference. California State University, Los Angeles. 26 February 2016. Los Angeles, CA.

2015
“Fields of Fire: Emancipation and Resistance in Colombia.” Chuo University Faculty of Arts & Letters. 23 July 2015. Tokyo, JAPAN.

Also presented at:

  • International Sociological Association, RC47. 3 August 2012. Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA.

“Red, Black, & Green: Chinese Investment in East Africa.” The World Now. Chuo University Faculty of Arts & Letters. 20 July 2015. Tokyo, JAPAN.

“Summoning Spirits: Indigenous Peoples in Latin America” The World Now. Chuo University Faculty of Arts & Letters. 6 July 2015. Tokyo, JAPAN.

2013
“Social responses to economic austerity in Spain.” California State University, Los Angeles. Sociology Colloquium Series. 30 October 2013. Los Angeles, CA.

2012
Occupy Los Angeles: A Cultural Model of Movement Cycles.” American Anthropological Association. Society for Urban, National and Transnational/Global Anthropology. 14 November 2012. San Francisco, CA.

Also presented at:

Power and Authority in Social Movements: A Political Philosophy of Prefigurative Politics.” Irmgard Coninx Stiftung Berlin Roundtables. 20 October 2012. Berlin, GERMANY.

Also presented at:

  • American Sociological Association. Collective Behavior & Social Movements. 19 August 2012. Denver, CO.
  • Center on Rights Development. University of Denver 19 Jan 2011.

Esparza, Louis and Rhiannan Price. 2012. “Convergence Repertoires: Anti-capitalist Protest at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.” American Sociological Association. Peace War & Social Conflict Section. 19 August 2012. Denver, CO.

“Cognitive Liberation and Contemporary Economic Slavery of Afro-Colombians in the Sugarcane Industry.” Association of Black Sociologists. 18 August 2012. Denver, CO.

“Post cold war civil society mobilization in Colombia.” International Sociological Association, TG03. 3 August 2012. Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA.

“The Medium is Not the Message: Political Grievance in the Information Age” w/ Haider Khan. International Studies Association. 3 April 2012. San Diego, CA.

2011

“Learning from our counterparts and sharing our experiences.” National Abortion Federation Risk Assessment Conference. New Orleans. 19 Oct 2011.

“The Rise and Fall of the ‘Little Red Book’ in Colombia.” American Sociological Association CBSM Panel. Las Vegas, NV. August 2011.

“Human Rights and Dependency Networks in Bogota.” Political Economy of the World System XXXVth Annual Conference. April 30, 2011. SUNY Stony Brook.

“Cognitive Liberation of the Enslaved: Wage Exploitation in Latin America.” Conference on Religion, Human Trafficking, and Modern Slavery. University of Denver 2 April 2011.

2010
“Is the Cultural Critique a Threat to Movements?: A Review of Social Movement Theory.” American Sociological Association CBSM Panel. Atlanta, GA. August 2010

“Hostages & Human Rights: Framing violations in the international setting.” w/ Eric Shircliff. American Sociological Association Human Rights Panel. Atlanta, GA. August 2010.

“The Methodological Implications of the 2009 ASA Resolution on Human Rights” Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting. “Conversations With” Panel. 20 March 2010.

2009
“From Tilling the Land to Blocking the Street: High-Risk Activism and the ‘Moment of Repression.’” American Sociological Association PWSC Panel. San Francisco, CA. 11 Aug 2009.

“Demanding Rights, Withholding Peace: The Colombian Sugarcane Workers Strike” Society for the Study of Social Problems Awards Panel. San Francisco, CA. 9 Aug 2009.

Schwartz, Michael and Louis Edgar Esparza, “The Dynamics of Terrorism: Guerilla War in Iraq & Colombia.” American Sociological Association MFP Panel. San Francisco, CA. 8 Aug 2009.

“Grassroots Human Rights Activism in Contemporary Colombia.” SUNY Old Westbury Department of Sociology. 18 April 2009.

“Hostages & Human Rights: Framing Violations in the International Setting.” Columbia University Human Rights Seminar. 5 March 2009.

2008
“Human Rights in Colombia.” Ideas & Action: Building a Human Rights Agenda Conference. 31 Jul 2008. Boston Public Library.

“Human Rights Law & Mobilization in Colombia, Peru & Venezuela.” Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Portland, OR. 11 April 2008.

“Grassroots Human Rights Activism in Contemporary Bogota.” Columbia University Contentious Politics Workshop. 10 March 2008.

Also presented at:

  • Alternative Futures and Popular Protest Conference. Manchester Metropolitan University, UNITED KINGDOM. 18 March 2008.

“Constituting Human Rights: The US Constitution in Comparative Analysis.” Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting. New York, NY 24 Feb 2008.

2007

“Identity formation in the World Trade Organization: Movements, farm subsidies, and Japan.” Globalization and Japan Conference. American University. 16 November 2007.

“NGO Inequalities: The Stratified Field of Human Rights Organizations in Bogota, Colombia.” Constructing Knowledges Conference. Rutgers University. 27 October 2007.

“Marshalling Violence: An Event History Analysis of Guerrilla Activity in Colombia.” W. Burghardt Turner Fellowship Welcome Dinner. September 27, 2007. Stony Brook University.

“Rethinking Guerilla Groups: Between Movements and Revolutions.” Collective Behavior and Social Movements Workshop. Hofstra University 9 Aug 2007.

“Dilemmas of Community Formation.” Transgressing Boundaries: Interdisciplinary Dialogues Conference. 17 February 2007. Stony Brook – Manhattan.

2006
“Is the cultural critique an enemy to movements?: A Review of Social Movement Theory.” Society for the Study of Social Problems. Montreal, CANADA. 13 August 2006.

2005
“Development and the International Human Rights Movement: The Role of Organizations in Developing Countries.” Global Studies Association, University of Tennessee. 15 May 2005.

“Distinctive Globalization: A Cosmopolitan Perspective on Scholte`s Theory of Globalization.” Eastern Sociological Association, Washington, DC. 19 March 2005.

2004
“The Identity Formation of Transnational Coalitions in the WTO: A case study on the G22.” Global Studies Association, Brandeis University. 23 April 2004.