I teach courses in international political economy and Latin American studies, direct the MA in International Studies degree program, and take students on an annual trip to Chiapas, Mexico, to study commercial development and the ecological alternative.
U.S.-Latin American Relations, Political Economic Development in Central America and Southern Mexico
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
Holland, D. L. (2020). The So-called 'Failure' of the State: Rethinking the State, Civil Society, and Criminal Organizations. 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