Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Areas of Expertise
Latin American politics, U.S. policy towards Latin America
Cynthia McClintock is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University and Director of GWU’s Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program. She holds the B.A. degree from Harvard University and the Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. McClintock was President of the Latin American Studies Association in 1994-95. Also, she was a member of the Council of the American Political Science Association in 1998-2000, and served as the Chair of its Comparative Democratization Section in 2003-05.
During 2006-2007, Prof. McClintock was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Based on her research at the Center, she is writing a book on the implications for democracy of runoff versus plurality rules for the election of the president in Latin America.
Prof. McClintock has received fellowships from the U.S. Institute of Peace, Fulbright, and the Social Science Research Council as well as from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She has testified before the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Affairs of the U.S. House of Representatives and has appeared on a variety of television and radio programs, including the "News Hour with Jim Lehrer," CNN International, CNN Spanish, National Public Radio, and the Diane Rehm Show.
Prof. McClintock's previous books include The United States and Peru: Cooperation--at a Cost (co-authored with Fabián Vallas; Routledge, 2003 and Spanish edition, Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 2005); Revolutionary Movements in Latin America: El Salvador's FMLN and Peru's Shining Path (U.S. Institute of Peace Press, 1998) and Peasant Cooperatives and Political Change in Peru (Princeton University Press, 1981). Also, with Abraham F. Lowenthal, she co-edited The Peruvian Experiment Reconsidered (Princeton University Press, 1983 and Spanish edition, Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 1985). She is the author of scholarly articles in World Politics, Comparative Politics, Journal of Democracy, and many other journals.