Lynn Holland

Lynn Holland

Teaching Professor

Director, International Studies MA Program

What I do

I teach IPE, Political Economic Development in Latin America, Democracy and Militarism in Latin America, and Illicit Markets in the Americas, and direct the MA in International Studies degree program.

Professional Biography

I received my PhD in political science from UCLA specializing in state-society relations in Latin America. I've written on violence and conflict in Central America, land rights in rural areas of Honduras and Peru, authoritarianism in Honduras, the politics of deportation in the U.S., and the origins and impacts of the war on drugs. I guide a travel course that takes students and other participants to rural areas of Chiapas to study the adverse environmental effects of metal mining in rural communities and resulting social and political impacts. I was an editor and contributor for the “Washington Report on the Hemisphere” put out by the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) for several years and am currently a board member of the Denver Justice & Peace Committee (DJPC).


  • Ph.D., Political Science: International Relations, Comparative Politics, University of California, Los Angeles


I have been studying the social and political impacts of large-scale metal mining and other types of market development as they relate to the surge in export-driven development in Latin America. I guide a field experience course, which takes students to Chiapas to study the adverse environmental effects of metal mining and meet with community members who are protesting against it.


Holland, D. L. (2018). Immig. Policy in Historic Perspective. Immigration Challenges: Policies and Perspectives. Denver, CO: Denver Council on Foreign Relations, Posner Center.
Holland, D. L., & Gaibor, L. (2017). Env'l Justice & Resist'c to Mining in Chiapas. Denver Justice and Peace Committee.
Holland, D. L. (2017). Mining Reform & Anti-Mining Protest in Chiapas. Salt Lake City, UT: Rocky Mt Council for Latin American Studies.
Holland, D. L. (2015). Just Say Maybe: Drug Policy in an Era of Changing Legalities. Biennial of the Americas Conference. Denver Performing Arts Complex (DPAC), 1345 Champa St, Denver: Biennial of the Americas.
Holland, D. L. (2014). Land Rights in the Lower Aguán Valley in Honduras. Land Rights in Central America. University of Denver: Korbel Latin American Studies Association (KLASA).


  • One of DU’s 'Most Outstanding Faculty Members Contributing to Impactful Teaching', University of Denver
  • One Book One DU Course List, University of Denver
  • Student awards, JKSIS Student Association
  • John Proctor Member of the Year, Denver Justice and Peace Committee (DJPC)
  • Ruth Murray Underhill Adjunct Teaching Award, University of Denver