Donald Kingsbury

Acting Director, Munk One




Room B211, 315 Bloor Street West


In the 2019-2020 academic term, Professor Donald V. Kingsbury joined the Munk One Program as Acting Director. Don holds a doctorate in Politics and Latin American Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. In addition to serving as Interim Director, Don also teaches in the Department of Political Science and the Latin American Studies Program at the University of Toronto. Before moving to Toronto, Don taught in California (United States) and Venezuela, where he worked for the Ministry of Planning and Development, and the Misión Ribas high school equivalency program centered in the precarious settlements around the capital city, Caracas.

He is the author of Only the People Can Save the People: Constituent Power, Revolution, and Counterrevolution in Venezuela (SUNY, 2018) which examines the history and practice of direct democracy in contemporary Venezuela and the challenges egalitarian social movements face in the context of state power and globalization. Don has also published extensively on Latin American politics, political ecology, and social thought. His recent research focuses on how extractive industries shape states and citizens, opening and closing opportunities for more inclusive, equal, and just politics. Recent publications can be found in journals such as the NACLA Review of the Americas, Political Geography, Society and Natural Resources, The Latin American Research Review, The Bulletin of Latin American Research, the Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and New Political Science, among others. Don is currently at work on a book manuscript examining resource extraction and populism in Latin America.

A frequent commentator for local, national, and international news outlets, Don has also served as an advisor to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada and the Canadian Senate on contemporary Latin American affairs. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, an avid soccer fan, and a bicycle enthusiast.

In addition to his role as Interim Director, Don will be teaching MUN105Y1: Global Problem-Solving: Laboratory Opportunities

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