Associate Professor of Politics and Chair of Latin American Studies, Oberlin College and Conservatory

Kristina Mani studies Latin American regional security issues, civil-military relations and the political economy of the military. Her research is particularly interested in the impact of democratization on elite political learning and on the historical memory of conflict and cooperation. Her book, Democratization and Military Transformation in Argentina and Chile: Rethinking Rivalry, examined how the process of democratization in the 1990s impacted military thinking and behavior, and ultimately reshaped security relations in the Southern Cone. She has published scholarly articles, book chapters, and policy papers on Latin American militaries' international roles, peacekeeping, and economic interests. Her scholarly articles have appeared in journals including Armed Forces and Society, Bulletin of Latin American Research, and Latin American Politics and Society. Dr. Mani has consulted and produced papers for think tanks and nonprofit organizations including Transparency International, the United Nations Development Programme, Providing for Peacekeeping, RESDAL, and the Christian Michelsen Institute.

Experience

  • –present
    Associate Professor of Politics and Chair of Latin American Studies, Oberlin College and Conservatory

Education

  • 2004 
    Columbia University, Ph.D. in Political Science