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Roderic Ai Camp

Guest Speaker


    June 1, 2017 — May 31, 2019

    Professional affiliation

    Professor of the Pacific Rim, Claremont McKenna College

    Full Biography

    Professor 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).