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Cynthia McClintock is Columbian College Distinguished Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University, where she specializes in the politics of Latin America.   She holds the B.A. degree from Harvard University and the Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Prof. McClintock's most recent book (co-authored with Fabián Vallas) is The United States and Peru: Cooperation--at a Cost (Routledge, 2003 and Spanish edition, Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 2005).  Her previous books include Revolutionary Movements in Latin America: El Salvador's FMLN and Peru's Shining Path (U.S. Institute of Peace Press, 1998) and Peasant Cooperatives and Political Change in Peru (Princeton University Press, l981).  Also, with Abraham F. Lowenthal, she co-edited The Peruvian Experiment Reconsidered (Princeton University Press, l983 and Spanish edition, Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, l985).  She is the author of scholarly articles that have appeared in World Politics, Comparative Politics, and Journal of Democracy, among other journals.

During 1994-1995, Dr. McClintock was President of the Latin American Studies Association, an international scholarly association of more than 5,000 members.  Also, she was a 1998-2000 member of the Council of the American Political Science Association, and served as the Chair of its Comparative Democratization Section for 2003-05.  She has served in numerous administrative positions at George Washington University, including Director of the Latin American Studies Program.

Prof. McClintock has received fellowships from the U.S. Institute of Peace, Fulbright, and the Social Science Research Council, which have enabled intensive research in Peru and El Salvador; she has visited most Latin American countries.  She has testified before the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Affairs of the U.S. House of Representatives, and she has appeared on a variety of television and radio programs, including the “News Hour with Jim Lehrer,” CNN International, CNN Spanish, National Public Radio, and the Diane Rehm Show.