The State of Democracy in Mexico, and Its Implication for U.S. – Mexico Relations

Sponsored by the Annette Strauss Internationalizing Dallas Lecture Series

Friday, October 10, 2014 (4:00 PM – 6:00 PM)
Jones Great Hall, Meadows Museum, SMU Campus (map)


Roderic Camp, Phillip McKenna Professor, Claremont McKenna College

campProfessor Camp is presently the Philip Mckenna Professor of the Pacific Rim at Claremont Mckenna College. He has served as a visiting professor at the Colegio de México and the Foreign Service Institute, and carried out research as a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Smithsonian Institution. He has received a Fulbright Fellowship on three occasions, as well as a Howard Heinz Foundation fellowship for research on Mexico. He was awarded two major grants from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to explore attitudes toward democracy in Mexico and Latin America. He serves as an adjunct fellow of the Mexico Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C. Camp is a contributing editor to the Library of Congress, Handbook of Latin American Studies, and to Microsoft Encarta, and serves on the Editorial Board of Mexican Studies. He is a frequent consultant to national and international media, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, and BBC. His special interests include Mexican politics, comparative elites, political recruitment, church-state relations, and civil-military affairs. The author of numerous articles and twenty books on Mexico, his most recent publications include: Politics in Mexico, the Democratic Transformation (Oxford University Press, 2002), Mexico’s Mandarins, Crafting a Power Elite for the 21st Century (University of California Press, 2002), Citizen Views of Democracy in Latin America (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2001) Politics in Mexico, the Decline of Authoritarianism (Oxford University Press, 1999), Crossing Swords, Politics and Religion in Mexico (Oxford University Press, 1997), Political Recruitment Across Two Centuries, Mexico (University of Texas Press, 1995), The Successor [a political thriller] (University of New Mexico Press, 1993), Generals in the Palacio, the Military in Modern Mexico (Oxford University Press, 1992), and Entrepreneurs and Politics in Twentieth Century Mexico (Oxford University Press, 1989).


Pamela Starr, Associate Professor of International Relations, University of Southern California

starrDr. Pamela K. Starr is the director of the U.S.-Mexico Network, a university fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, and an associate professor of teaching in the School of International Relations and in Public Diplomacy. She joined USC from the Eurasia Group, one of the world’s leading global political risk advisory and consulting firms, where she was senior analyst responsible for Mexico. Prior to that, she spent eight years in Mexico as a professor of Latin American political economy at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), a private university in Mexico City. Dr. Starr is an active speaker, commentator, and author on Mexican politics, economics and foreign policy, and on economic reform and policy making in Latin America. She is the author of a 2009 Pacific Council on International Policy report, “Mexico and the United States: A Window of Opportunity?”, the Council on Foreign Relation’s special report on the 2006 Mexican election, “Challenges for a Postelection Mexico: Issues for US Policy”, and is currently writing a book on Mexico entitled ” A Quarter Century of Policy Reform in Mexico: Unexpected Drivers and Unintended Consequences. Starr has also worked as a consultant to investment banks and securities firms, has briefed officials on both American and Mexican officials on the bilateral relationship, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, US Ambassador Carlos Pascual, Mexican Senator Carlos Navarrete, and gatherings of staffers from the Foreign Relations Committees of the US and Mexican Senates. Dr. Starr’s research and writing focuses on three main topics: U.S.-Mexico relations, the politics, economy and foreign policy of contemporary Mexico, and the politics of economic policy-making across Latin America. In a series of books and book chapters, peer-review journal articles and policy-oriented publications, Dr. Starr has also illuminated the interplay between political and economic developments in shaping economic policy in Mexico and Latin America.


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