Lynn Holland

Lynn Holland

Teaching Professor

  • Faculty

What I do

I teach courses in international political economy and US-Latin American relations, and direct the MA in International Studies degree program.


U.S.-Latin America relations, export-led development in Central America and southern Mexico, origins and impacts of the drug war

Professional Biography

I write on political affairs in Mexico and Central America and was an editor and contributor for the “Washington Report on the Hemisphere” put out by the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) for several years. I am currently a board director of the Denver Justice & Peace Committee (DJPC), providing support for environmental justice movements in Latin America. I also serve as an expert witness for those seeking asylum from violent areas of Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico. In addition to teaching International Political Economy and courses in US-Latin America relations, I am the advisor to the MA International Studies degree program at Korbel.


  • Ph.D., Political Science: International Relations, Comparative Politics, University of California, Los Angeles

Licensure / Accreditations

  • Training


I study land rights conflicts and environmental movements associated with export-driven development in Mexico and Central America, the origins and impacts of drug trafficking and drug war policy in Latin America, and immigration and deportation in the US.

Featured Publications

Holland, D. L. (2017). The Price of Mining Wealth in Chiapas.


Holland, D. L. (2022). Democracy Strikes Back: Recent Presidential Elections in Honduras and Chile. Discover Korbel . Korbel School Of International Studies: Josef Korbel School of International Studies (JKSIS), University of Denver.
Holland, D. L. (2023). Reflections on Presidential Elections in Chile and Honduras. Trends in Democratic Development in Latin America. Josef Korbel School of International Studies (JKSIS), University of Denver: Latin America Center.
Holland, D. L. (2020). The So-called 'Failure' of the State: Rethinking the State, Civil Society, and Criminal Organizations. Geographies of International Relations. Antigua, Guatemala: Conference of Latin American Geographers (CLAG).
Holland, D. L. (2020). China's Increasing Presence in Latin America and the Caribbean. Academy for Lifelong Learning. Denver, CO: ALL.
Holland, D. L. (2018). Immig. Policy in Historic Perspective. Immigration Challenges: Policies and Perspectives. Denver, CO: Denver Council on Foreign Relations, Posner Center.
Holland, D. L. (2017). Mining Reform & Anti-Mining Protest in Chiapas. Salt Lake City, UT: Rocky Mt Council for Latin American Studies.
Holland, D. L., & Gaibor, L. (2017). Env'l Justice & Resist'c to Mining in Chiapas. Denver Justice and Peace Committee.
Holland, D. L. (2015). Just Say Maybe: Drug Policy in an Era of Changing Legalities. Biennial of the Americas Conference. Denver Performing Arts Complex (DPAC), 1345 Champa St, Denver: Biennial of the Americas.


  • One of DU’s “Most Outstanding Faculty Members Based on Excellence in Service Within the University", University of Denver
  • One of DU’s 'Most Outstanding Faculty Members Contributing to Impactful Teaching', University of Denver
  • Korbel Students Faculty Recognition Award, JKSIS Student Association
  • John Proctor Member of the Year, Denver Justice and Peace Committee (DJPC)
  • Ruth Murray Underhill Adjunct Teaching Award, University of Denver