"Populism and Competitive Authoritarianism in Latin America" will be presented by Steve Levitsky, associate professor in the Department of Government at Harvard University. Levitsky's fields of interest are comparative and Latin American politics, with a focus on political regimes and regime change, parties and party change, as well as weak and informal institutions. Levitsky has recently published a book (with Lucan A. Way) on the emergence and evolution of competitive authoritarian regimes in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the post-communist countries. He is working on an edited volume (with Kenneth Roberts) on the rise of the Left in contemporary Latin America.