• Chair of Latin American Studies and Associate Professor of Politics
  • Committee Chair, International Studies Concentration


  • Bachelor of Science, Georgetown University, 1991
  • Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1996
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia University, 2004


Associate Professor of Politics Kristina Mani teaches courses on international relations and Latin American politics. Her research focuses on democratization and international security, civil-military relations, and the political economy of security and the military.  She explores in particular how democratization and democratic consolidation impact regional security relations, how civil-military relations have been altered by political and economic transformations in the region, and how militaries in Latin America have been influential actors in their national economies. Her publications include Democratization and Military Transformation in Argentina and Chile: Rethinking Rivalry (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2011), and articles in Armed Forces and Society, Bulletin of Latin American Research, and Latin American Politics and Society.

Recent Publications

  • “Toward a Citizen Soldier Paradigm? Assessing Three Decades of Civil-Military Relations in Argentina,” Geopolitics, History, and International Relations 9:1 (2017), 83-111.
  • “The Armed Forces and the Economy in Latin America:  Contemporary Trends and Implications for Civil-Military Relations,” CMI Working Paper 2016:08.  Christian Michelsen Institute, Bergen, Norway, November 2016.
  • “Political Learning through a Transgovernmental Network:  Resolving the Argentine-Chilean Border Dispute during the 1990s,” in American Crossings: Border Politics in the Western Hemisphere, edited by Maiah Jaskoski, Arturo C. Sotomayor, and Harold A. Trinkunas. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015.
  • “Diverse Markets for Force in Latin America: from Argentina to Guatemala,” in The Markets for Force:  Privatization and Security Across World Regions, edited by Molly Dunigan and Ulrich Petersohn. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015.