Craig Arceneaux




  • Latin American Politics
  • Comparative Political Institutions
  • Democratic Transitions
  • Civil-Military Relations

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About Craig Arceneaux

I joined the faculty in 2001 after completing my M.A. at The Ohio State University (Go Buckeyes!) and my Ph.D. and University of California, Riverside. My specialties rest in Latin American Politics, Democratization, and Civil-Military Relations. I have published three books, one on military regimes and democratic transitions in South America (Bounded Missions: Military Rule and Democratization in the Southern Cone and Brazil (Penn State Press, 2001)), another on the impact of international influences on political change in Latin America (with David Pion-Berlin,Transforming Latin America: the International and Domestic Origins of Change (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005)), and a textbook for courses in Latin American Politics (Democratic Latin America (Pearson, 2013). Other work I have done on various Latin American issues has been published in Comparative Political Studies, Bulletin of Latin American Studies, Latin American Politics and Society, Armed Forces and Society, and the Journal of Political and Military Sociology. I have also contributed chapters on edited books, such as The Other World (Longman, 2011), andDevelopments in Latin American Political Economy (Manchester, 1999). Currently I am working with my colleague Anika Leithner on a research project that examines the reports of international electoral observation missions.

Students at Cal Poly see me in classes such as Politics of Developing Areas, Comparative Political Regimes, and Introduction to Comparative Politics, and Peace and War. But some of the most gratifying educational experiences (for me and the students alike!) come outside of the classroom. I coordinate the Model United Nations program, and have brought students to MUN conferences in Long Beach, San Francisco, Ottawa, Boston, and New York. I have even taken students to international MUN conferences in China and Ecuador. I have participated in Cal Poly Study Abroad programs in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and Valladolid, Spain, and worked with Jim Keese in Social Sciences to develop the current study abroad program in Cusco, Peru. This program is part of a larger effort to develop a Latin American Studies Program. Jim and I have already developed a minor in Latin American Studies, some internship opportunities for students in Latin America, and have invited several speakers to campus to speak on Latin American issues. Programs such as these complement and extend the educational experience for students, and it has been my pleasure to participate in them.

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