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Luis Oquendo


Luis Oquendo

Luis is a Ph.D. candidate studying comparative politics and international relations. His dissertation examines authoritarian regime change and democratization. His research interests also include Latin American politics, democratic backsliding, U.S. foreign policy in Cuba, and transnational criminal organizations. Luis has worked as a graduate teaching assistant, research assistant, and university instructor for the past several years. Luis also has experience serving on the graduate student advisory council for the department of Political Science. Currently, he is the honors program teaching assistant for the department of Political Science at the University of Utah. Luis received an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Utah.


Dissertation: The Emergence of Electoral Authoritarianism: Democratization in Autocratic Regimes 

Recent Research: “Autocratic Powers and Authoritarian Resilience in the Post-Cold War Era.” (Coauthor with Sam Handlin; presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association)



Last Updated: 4/9/21