Mary Malone, Associate Professor

Mary Malone

Associate Professor in Political Science


Tell us about you scholarship in Latin America. How does it connect to sustainability?

I study the impact of crime on politics in Latin America. In the region the issue of crime is very, very important, as skyrocketing crime rates have crippled the ability of democratic governments to respond to the needs of the people.

You are co-directing the Race and Ethnic Studies Minors and collaborating to expand their impact. What do you hope to accomplish?

We hope to highlight the connections among the interdisciplinary minors, and develop programming and courses that will encourage more students to engage in interdisciplinary studies. We have some fascinating opportunities for students to explore pressing domestic and international issues, so we want to do everything we can to engage students in these programs.

What motivates you personally to be involved in sustainability?

 I study a region of the world that has struggled tremendously to establish democratic governments that protect human rights and respond to the needs of average people. Anything that jeopardizes recent democratic gains is very troubling to me, and currently crime is one of the most critical problems facing the region.

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