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Matthew R. Cleary

Matthew R. Cleary

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539 Eggers Hall

Matthew R. Cleary

Associate Professor, Political Science Department


Latin American Politics
Comparative Political Analysis 
Logic of Political Inquiry 
Mexico & the United States
Democracy and Democratization

Global Community

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2004

Areas of Expertise

Latin American politics, political institutions, democratization, ethnic politics

Research Interests

I have general interests in democratization and democratic theory, ethnic politics and ethnic conflict, and Latin American politics.

Research Grant Awards and Projects

I am currently working on a variety of research projects relevant to Latin American politics, including a book-length project on indigenous autonomy in southern Mexico, a paper on the Latin American left, and a paper on the adoption of legislative gender quotas in Europe and Latin America.


“When Does Backsliding Lead to Breakdown? Uncertainty and Opposition Strategies in Democracies at Risk,” forthcoming in Perspectives on Politics, published online 12/15/20 (with Aykut Ozturk).

“Subordinated Autonomy and the Political Inclusion of Women in Indigenous Mexico,” Latin American Politics & Society 62:3 (2020).

"Confronting Coup Risk in the Latin American Left," Studies in Comparative International Development 48:4 (2013), pp.403-431. (with Eric Rittinger). 

The Sources of Democratic Responsiveness in Mexico. (University of Notre Dame Press, 2010)

"Electoral Competition, Participation, and Government Responsiveness in Mexico." American Journal of Political Science 51:2 (April 2007)

"A 'Left Turn' in Latin America?  Explaining the Left's Resurgence."  Journal of Democracy 17:4 (October 2006)

Democracy and the Culture of Skepticism: Political Trust in Argentina and Mexico, with Susan C. Stokes. (Russell Sage Foundation, 2006)