MA Northeastern University, 2014
Alyssa’s dissertation focuses on the Chile solidarity movements in Western Europe from 1973 until Augusto Pinochet’s arrest in London in 1998. Focusing especially on the movements in France, Italy, and Spain, her project examines the role that the Chile solidarity movement played in the transformation of the European left, from an emphasis on anti-fascism and anti-imperialism to a human rights-based orientation. It also seeks to understand the way that this leftist transformation came to bear on Chile during and in the wake of the country’s “return to democracy,” as Europeans invested their time and financial resources in civil-society building and human rights projects in Chile. While these resources were often offered at the bequest of Chilean elites, such forms of solidarity were routed in specific European contexts and differed notably from the solidarity offered in 1973. In this way, Alyssa’s project looks to both historicize the concept of solidarity and trace the global logic of neoliberalism.