Cynthia McClintock

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Room 407 Monroe Hall
[email protected]

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. 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.


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology


  • Electoral Rules and Democracy in Latin America (Oxford University Press, 2018)
  • 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)
  • Peasant Cooperatives and Political Change in Peru (Princeton University Press, 1981)
  • The Peruvian Experiment Reconsidered, Abraham F. Lowenthal and Cynthia McClintock, eds. (Princeton University Press, 1983 and Spanish edition, Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 1985)

Dr. McClintock also is the author of scholarly articles in World PoliticsComparative PoliticsJournal of Democracy, and many other journals.

Classes Taught

PSC 2383 Comparative Politics of Latin America

PSC 2484 International Relations of Latin America

PSC 6230 Comparative Government and Politics

PSC 6383 Comparative Politics of Latin America

PSc 6484 International Relations of Latin America

PSC 8334 Democracy and Democratization in Comparative Perspective