Dr. Neil Harvey

At the US-Mexico border – Service Learning Class Visit to Border Farmworkers Center, June 2010From left: Zachary Quintero, (BA Government 2012), Dr. Neil Harvey (Professor, Department of Government, NMSU), Carlos Marentes (Director, Border Farmworkers Center, El Paso), Charlene Shroulote (MPA 2011), and Adam Trejo (BA Government 2012)

Ph.D. 1990 University of Essex

Professor & Department Head

Areas of Specialization

  • Comparative Politics
  • Latin America
  • Mexico and US-Mexico border

Research Interests 

Dr. Harvey’s main areas of interest are politics in Mexico and Latin America, particularly the role of social movements in the struggle for democracy and new forms of political representation.


He has written extensively on rural politics and indigenous people’s movements, including a book, The Chiapas Rebellion: the struggle for land and democracy (Duke University Press, 1998). He has also co-authored a text book on Latin American politics, entitled Governing Latin America (with Joe Foweraker and Todd Landman; Polity Press, 2003).

Courses Taught

Dr. Harvey teaches Mexican Politics, Comparative Politics, Resistance Movements in World Politics, Contemporary Political Thought, Comparative World Political Ideologies and an Honors course “Citizen and the State: Great Political Issues”. Since 2008, he has also taught a service learning class concerning social justice on the U.S./Mexico border.

Recent MA Thesis Topics

  • Drug wars, rule of law and government policy in Mexico
  • DREAM Act and state legislation affecting undocumented youth
  • Upholding the rights of undocumented migrant children in the US
  • History of immigrant rights advocacy in Midland, Texas
  • Legal pluralism and community-based justice in Peru

Dr. Harvey’s CV


Contact Information

Email at nharvey@nmsu.edu

Breland Hall, room 346