Dr. Renee Scherlen

Areas of Expertise & Interest:

  • Latin American Politics (especially Colombia, Cuba, & Mexico) 
  • US Foreign Policy 
  • US Drug War (especially in Latin America) 
  • Democracy & Democratization 


  • BSFS, Georgetown University (1984) 
  • MA, Latin American Studies, University of Texas, Austin (1986) 
  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Texas, Austin (1992) 

Courses Taught:

  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations 
  • US Foreign Policy 
  • Globalization 
  • Latin American Politics 
  • Global Conflict & Cooperation: The UN 
  • Pro-Seminar in Comparative Politics (graduate) 
  • Scope & Methods (graduate)


“The Fog of War? A Long-Term Assessment of Mexican Counter-Narcotics Policy” The Latin Americanist, Volume 56, Number 2 (June 2012)

“The Never-Ending Drug War: Obstacles to Drug War Policy Termination” PS: Political Science & Politics, January 2012 (45:1)

Lies, Damned Lies, and Drug War Statistics. Matt Robinson and Renee Scherlen. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2007 (second edition under contract)

"¡Venceremos!" Castro's Discourse on Cuban Foreign Policy,” in Foreign Policy Toward Cuba: Isolation or Engagement? Heather Nicol and Michele Zebich-Knos, eds., Lexington Books (2005)


  • Joined ASU in 1992 
  • Faculty Advisor for International Relations Association, hosts of the Model UN held here at ASU every spring and fall 

Research Interests:

  • Comparative Politics:
    • Cuban Politics
    • Mexican Politics 
  • Gender and Politics 
  • Globalization 
  • Democratization 
  • Transitions 
  • War on Drugs 
  • American Politics 
    • U.S. Foreign Policy 
    • U.S.-Cuban Relations 
    • U.S.-Mexican Relations 
    • NAFTA 
    • U.S.-Latin American Relations 


  • Faculty Advisor, International Relations Association
  • Chair: Latin American Studies Committee
  • Member: Women's Studies Committee
  • Member: International Studies Council
Title: Curriculum Coordinator, Professor of Political Science
Department: Department of Government and Justice Studies

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6094

Office address
350H Anne Belk Hall