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David R. Mares

Distinguished Professor / Institute of the Americas Endowed Chair for Inter-American Affairs

David R. Mares
  • Room: SSB 366
Professor Mares holds the Institute of the Americas Endowed ​Chair for Inter-American Affairs at UCSD and is also the Baker Institute Scholar for Latin American Energy Studies at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University. Mares was previously Professor of the Centro de Estudios Internacionales at El Colegio de Mexico, and has been a Fulbright Professor at the Universidad de Chile and Visiting Professor at FLACSO-Ecuador. He is the author or editor of twelve books and his publications have appeared in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian and Chinese in journals such as Comparative Politics, International Organization, International Interactions, Security Studies, Latin American Research Review, Foro Internacional, Estudios Internacionales and Fuerzas Armadas y Sociedad. Mares was awarded the Alfred Stepan Lifetime Achievement Award by the Latin American Studies Association in Defense, Public Security and Democracy in 2021. He has been a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University; a fellow at the Japan External Trade Research Organization; a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University; and held a Pew Faculty Fellowship in International Affairs. Mares has prepared reports for the Carnegie Foundation, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the Netherlands Institute of International Relations, the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, as well as the Arias Foundation for Human Progress and Development and he is an Associate Fellow of the Inter-American Dialogue (Washington, D.C.), and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London) and the Council on Foreign Relations. His research and teaching interests include Latin American energy politics, the political economy of drug policy, defense policy, civil-military relations and the use of photographic imagery in politics

Ph.D. Harvard University, 1982
International Politics, Comparative Politics, Latin America

Baker Scholar in Energy Studies
James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
RIce University

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