Lynn Holland

Lynn Holland

Teaching Professor; Director, International Studies MA Program

What I do

I teach courses in international political economy and US-Latin American relations, direct the MA in International Studies degree program, and take students on an annual trip to Chiapas, Mexico, to study the impacts of commercial development and the ecological alternatives.


U.S.-Latin American Relations, Political Economic Development in Central America and Southern Mexico

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 to rural areas of Chiapas to study the adverse effects of metal mining and other export-oriented development strategies in rural communities and the movement for environmentally oriented alternatives. 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 director of the Denver Justice & Peace Committee (DJPC).


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


Political, economic, and social impacts of large-scale metal mining and other types of export-driven development in Latin America; human rights and political repression in Honduras; political development in Central America

Areas of Research

Environmental justice
export-led development
metal mining
land rights
Latin American development

Featured Publications

Holland, D. L. (2015). The Open Pit and the Great Green Macaw in Costa Rica. Part 1 In Series On Mining Restrictions In Central America.


Holland, D. L. (2020). The So-called 'Failure' of the State: Rethinking the State, Civil Society, and Criminal Organization. Geographies of International Relations. Antigua, Guatemala: Conference of Latin American Geographers (CLAG).
Holland, D. L. (2020). China's Increasing Presence in Latin America and the Caribbean. Denver, CO: Academy of Lifelong Learning.


  • 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