Scherlen, Renee

Political Science
Professor and Curriculum Coordinator
(828) 262-6094
350H Anne Belk Hall

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 Interested

  • 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