Dr. Renee Scherlen

Dr. Renee Scherlen is a professor of Comparative Politics and International Relations in the Dept of Govt & Justice Studies. Her research focuses on US foreign policy, Latin American politics, and globalization.  Dr. Scherlen’s has been published in PSThe Latin Americanist, and Foro Internacional.  She teaches classes on globalization, international organizations, comparative politics, and Latin American politics.  Dr. Scherlen is the faculty advisor for International Relations Association, which hosts 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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