International Forum for Democratic Studies Research Council Member

Cynthia McClintock

George Washington University

Cynthia McClintock is professor of political science and international affairs at the George Washington University, where she was also director of the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program until 2012. She holds the B.A. degree from Harvard University and the Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Prof. McClintock was president of the Latin American Studies Association in 1994-95. She was also 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.

Prof. McClintock’s 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. Currently, Dr. McClintock is writing a book on the implications for democracy of runoff versus plurality electoral rules in Latin America.

Prof. McClintock has received fellowships from the U.S. Institute of Peace, Fulbright, the Social Science Research Council and, for her current project on electoral rules, 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.