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Patricia Olney

Office: Engleman C-234C 
Phone: (203) 392-6749

Patricia Olney is a Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the Latin American Studies Minor at Southern Connecticut State University.  Previously she was the Latin America Bureau Manager of U.S. News & World Report and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California in San Diego and at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. She specializes in Latin American democratization and security issues and is the author of Deceptive Democracy: Local Mexico’s Lessons for Transitions in Authoritarian Contexts, Lynne Rienner Press (forthcoming). She is currently in charge of Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society, and is the Liaison for The Washington Center internship program.


 Ph.D. University of Miami, International Relations 
M.A.  University of Miami, International Relations
B.A.   Bryn Mawr College, Physics and Political Science 

Selected Courses

PSC 270 - International Relations
PSC 305 - Political Economy of Development
PSC 308 - Latin American Politics
PSC 317 - US-Latin American Relations
PSC 333 - Latin American Security
PSC 335 - World Politics
PSC 338 - Contemporary World Politics
PSC 520 - Nationalism & Intl. Security
PSC 549 - Seminar: Comparative Politics
PSC 570 - Problems in Contemporary International Relations
PSC 580 - Global Politics and Policy 

Selected Publications

Olney, P. (Forthcoming) Deceptive Democracy: Local Mexico’s Lessons for Transitions in Authoritarian Contexts, Boulder, Colorado, Lynne Rienner Press.

Olney, P. (2012). Globalization, Transition, and Insecurity in Mexico. In Nilsson, M., & Gustafsson, J. (Eds.), Latin American Responses to Globalization in the 21st Century (pp. 149-170). London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan Press.

Olney, P. (2011). La proliferación de los  grupos paramilitares en el sur de México: ¿Estrategia de Estado o batalla entre élites políticas locales?. In Kruijt, D., & Lair, É. (Eds.), Desafíos, 23(2), 83-122.

Olney, P. (2010). De la Soberanía Pactada a la Soberanía Directa: Estrategias para lidiar con la crisis de seguridad en Mesoamérica. San Salvador, El Salvador: Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies.

Olney, P. (2009). Real and Imagined Extremist Threats in Mexico and along the U.S.-Mexico Border: 'Colombianization' as an Antidote to Leftist and Criminal Extremist Networks. In Waddington, P.A.J., & Neyroud, P. (Eds.), Policing.  A Journal of Policy and Practice, 3(3), 245-254.

Olney, P. (2005). Global Order, Local Chaos: Explaining Paramilitary Violence in Chiapas, Mexico and Colombia. Low Intensity Conflict and Law Enforcement, 1-36.

Olney, P. (2004). Cuba Through Mexico’s Mirror: Shifting Benchmarks of Legitimacy and the Emergence of Revolutionary Democracy. In Font, M. A. (Ed.), Cuba Today: Continuity and Change Since the Periodo Especial (pp. 229-245). New York, New York: Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies.

Olney, P. (2004). The Rebordering of North America.  Integration and Exclusion in a New Security Context (Review). Latin American Politics and Society, 46

Olney, P. (1996). “La estrategia de seguridad de Estados Unidos hacia America Latina: un analisis critico,” Geopolítica(58).