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.

Some Publications

  • Quinones, Clemente. (2018). Process of Transforming Regular Courses Into I-Courses: The Case of Two Political Science Courses at GGC. In S. Dikli, B. Etheridge, & R. Rawls (Eds.), Curriculum Internationalization and the Future of Education (pp. 18-35). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-2791-6.ch002.
  • Quinones, C (2005). Rule of Law and Crime: 2004 – 2005. In Mitchell Seligson et al, The Political Culture of Democracy: Colombia 2005 (pp. 91-114). Nashville, Tennessee: LAPOP, USAID, and Vanderbilt University.

Work in Progress

  • Electoral Systems, Recognition and Respect of the Indigenous People’s Rights: The Case of Mexico 
  • Impact of Sociopolitical Upheaval and Electoral Reforms on Mexico’s Democratization Process.
  • Socio-economic and Political Conditions Associated with Peace: Alternative Peace Concept Applied to Latin America. 
  • International Institutional Arrangement for Peaceful International Change.


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

Academic Interests

  • Comparative politics: comparative political institutions, comparative electoral systems, comparative democracy and public opinion, comparative legal systems and comparative foreign policy.
  • Regional area: Latin American politics, Mexico's politics, inter-American relations, USA-Latin American relations, Mexico’s politics, and USA-Mexico relations
  • Survey research methodology: comparative public opinion, survey research methods, and quantitative analysis in political science


  • Multi-cultural Fellowship, University of Connecticut, 1997- 2005, to pursue my doctoral studies
  • Teacher of the Year Award at Cedar Valley College, Dallas, TX, 1992
  • CONACYT (National Council of Science and Technology) Scholarship from the Mexican government, 1981-1983, a merit-based scholarship to pursue graduate studies in Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Best Student. Public Administration Class 1973-1978, School of Business Administration, Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas, Nuevo Laredo campus, Mexico, 1978