Dr. Renee Scherlen

Dr. Renee Scherlen joined the Department of Government and Justice in 1992. She earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Texas. Her areas of teaching and research focus on US foreign policy and Latin American politics.  Dr. Scherlen currently serves as co-chair for the University's Global Engagement Council and is the faculty advisor for International Relations Association, that hosts of the Model UN held here at ASU every Spring and Fall. She is co-author of Lies, Damned Lies, and Drug War Statistics (2014).

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)
Title: Professor of Political Science
Department: scherlenrg@appstate.edu

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6094

Fax: (828) 262-2947

Office address
350H Anne Belk Hall


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