Velasco is a Stanford-trained political economist who specializes in public finance. On the panel, she will explore insights to the Occupy Wall Street movement and financial crisis from an academic perspective with application to elections, government, and political protest.
“I’m honored to be invited as a presenter and proud to be a representative of Lee,” said Velasco. “At Lee, we train students to be excellent intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually to develop a whole and complete person. I believe in our message, ‘preparation with purpose,’ as Lee students graduate more prepared to be great in the world.”
Velasco joined the Lee faculty in fall of 2011. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University with concentration on the political economy of development and consequences of democratization. She also received her master’s in political science from Stanford and her bachelor’s in political science with honors from the University of California, Berkeley.
While at Stanford, she received the Centennial Teaching Assistant Award and was selected to conduct a training program by Stanford’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences for first-time teaching assistants.
Her ongoing research focuses on democratization and its relationship with interest group politics and power dynamics in legislative bodies.
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Other SVII panelists include Dr. Thomas J. Buckholtz, Josh Abend, and Peter Allen. The panel will be moderated by Seth Resler, Internet radio host and founder of The Polylogue website.