Clemente Quinones

Dr. Clemente Quinones

Assistant Professor of Political Science

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Dr. Clemente Quinones has been teaching political science courses for about 19 years, some of these in Mexico, his native country. His doctoral sub-fields are comparative politics and survey research methods. His teaching commitment and interests are in the areas of comparative politics, international affairs and political methodology. In this regard, he specifically teaches Latin American Politics, Inter-American Relations, USA-Latin American Relations, Mexico’s Politics, Comparative Electoral Systems and Political Parties, Comparative Foreign Policy, Foundations of International Policy, Comparative Political Institutions, Comparative Democracy and Democratization, Comparative Public Opinion, Research Methods, Survey Research, and Quantitative Analysis in Political Science. Based on the Critical Pedagogy School, he applies the student-centered approach in his teaching.

His research focuses on investigating the relationship between political institutions (e.g., electoral systems) and sociopolitical movements on one side and democratization, democracy and public policy on the other. His current work in progress reflects this commitment.

Work in Progress:

  • “Impact of Sociopolitical Upheaval and Electoral Reforms on Mexico’s Democratization
  • Process, 1946–2012”
  • “Policy Implications of the Current Mexican Electoral System”
  • “Explaining Political Representation in Latin America”
  • “The Role of the Strategic Voting in the 2000, 2006 and 2012 Presidential Elections in Mexico”
  • “Explaining the Latin American Foreign Policy”


  • Doctorate – political science – University of Connecticut
  • Master’s – public and international affairs – University of Pittsburgh
  • Bachelor’s – public administration – Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas

Academic Interests

  • Latin American politics
  • Comparative electoral systems
  • Public opinion survey research
  • Critical theory
  • International politics


  • Multi-cultural Fellowship: University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 1997–2005
  • Teacher of the Year Award: Cedar Valley College, Dallas, 1992
  • CONACYT Scholarship from the Mexican government, 1981–1983 to pursue the MA
  • Best Student of my undergraduate class of 1973–1978
  • Best Student, Class of 1971–1973, Lázaro Cárdenas High School