Steve Ellner’s academic interest centers on organised labour and political parties in Latin America and specifically Venezuela where he has lived and taught since 1975. He earned his Ph.D. in Latin American history at the University of New Mexico in 1980. Since 1977 he has taught economic history and political science at the Universidad de Oriente in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela and for a ten year period taught in the graduate school of law and political science of the Universidad Central de Venezuela. He has also been a visiting professor at Georgetown University (2004), Duke University (2005), Universidad de los Andes (Venezuela, 2008) and Universidad de Buenos Aires (2010).
Among his book publications are: Venezuela’s Movimiento al Socialismo: From Guerrilla Defeat to Electoral Politics (Duke University Press, 1988); Organized Labor in Venezuela, l958- l991: Behaviour and Concerns in a Democratic Setting (Scholarly Resources, l993); The Latin American Left: From the Fall of Allende to Perestroika(co-editor, 1993); Rethinking Venezuelan Politics: Class, Polarization and the Chávez Phenomenon. (Lynne Rienner, 2008). He has also published on the op-ed page of the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, as well as the Nation, and is a regular contributor to NACLA: Report on the Americas.