Mark Williams

Professor of Political Science

 Monday 2:00 - 4:00, Tuesday 3:00 - 4:00 and by appointment
 Robert A. Jones '59 House 117

Mark Williams (Ph.D Harvard) is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Latin American Studies program at Middlebury College. His research interests include international politics, U.S.-Latin American Relations, Venezuelan Foreign Policy, Comparative Latin American Political Economy, and Mexican Politics. A past President of the New England Council on Latin American Studies, he is the author of Understanding US-Latin American Relations: Theory and History (2011), and Market Reforms in Mexico: Coalitions, Institutions, and the Politics of Policy Change (2001). His articles have been published in such journals as Foreign Affairs LatinoaméricaWorld Development, Political Science Quarterly, Latin American Politics and Society, Studies in Comparative International Development, Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos, the Yale Journal of International Affairs, and International Journal of Politics and Ethics.



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Selected Publications

"Elecciones en Estados Unidos: implicaciones para Latinoamérica," Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica, Vol. 12, No. 4 (October 2012)

“The Path of Economic Liberalism,” in Roderic Ai Camp, editor, The Oxford Handbook of Mexican Politics (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), pp. 749-776

Understanding U.S.-Latin American Relations: Theory and History (New York: Routledge, 2011)

“The New Balancing Act: International Relations Theory and Venezuela’s Foreign Policy,” in Jonathan Eastwood and Thomas Ponniah, eds., The Revolution in Venezuela: Social and Political Change Under Chávez (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, 2011) 

"Escaping the Zero-Sum Scenario:  Technocracy versus Democracy in Latin America," Political Science Quarerly, Vol. 121, No. 1 (2006)

"Private Military Corporations:  Benefits and Costs of Outsourcing Security," with Allison Stanger, Yale Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 2, No. 1 (Fall/Winter 2006)

"U.S. Policy in the Andes:  Commitments and Commitment Traps," in Russell Crandall, Guadalupe Paz, and Riordan Roett, eds., Security, Democracy, and Economic Reform in the Andes (Boulder:  Lynne Rienner, 2005)

"When Rational Policy Making Fails: Plan Colombia and the Approaching Commitment Trap," with Vinay Jawahar, International Journal of Politics and Ethics, Vol. 3, No. 2 (2003): 159-172

"Market Reforms, Technocrats, and Institutional Innovation," World Development, Vol. 30, No. 3 (March 2002)

"Traversing the Mexican Odyssey: Reflections on Political Change and the Study of Mexican Politics," Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos, Vol. 18, No. 1 (Winter 2002)

"Learning the Limits of Power: Privatization and State-Labor Interactions in Mexico," Latin American Politics and Society, Vol. 43, No. 4 (Winter 2001)

Market Reforms in Mexico: Coalitions, Institutions, and the Politics of Policy Change (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2001)

"Theory-Driven Comparative Analysis: Dead on the Gurney or Lost in the Shuffle?" Studies in Comparative International Development 35 (Fall 2000)

Research Interests

International Relations
Latin American Politics
Mexican Politics
US-Latin American Relations
Political Economy of Market Reforms

Program in International Politics & Economics

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