Michael Lettieri

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Michael Lettieri is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of California, San Diego. He received a BA in History and Spanish from Bowdoin College. Prior to beginning his PhD, he worked as a Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs in Washington, D.C. and maintains an active interest in contemporary Latin American politics. His research focuses on the informal mechanisms of PRI rule using a case study of the public transportation industry. Through this, he examines the central role intermediaries and mid-level political actors played in sustaining the soft-authoritarian system. He has received several awards from UC San Diego research centers. Support for this project was made possible through the Fullbright-Hays grant.[1]

Socialist International

Democratic Socialists of America participated in the observer delegation from the Socialist International to the Mexican elections in early July 2006. DSA National Director Frank Llewellyn led the delegation, which included Skip Roberts (Washington, DC), Daniel Reynolds (Miami) and Michael Lettieri (Washington, DC). Michael Lettieri also represented the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA)[2].

We participated in this delegation because of the extraordinary importance that political developments in Mexico hold for the United States and because of DSA's very close relationship with the PRD--the only significant party representing genuine social democratic change in Mexico.