Mary Fran T. Malone


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This site aims to provide an overview of my teaching and research interests, as well as some additional resources for students and colleagues interested in Latin American politics.

My research focuses on the current crime epidemic in Latin America. I examine the impact of the crime wave on citizensí political attitudes (e.g., support for official abuse of power and vigilante justice) and behavior (e.g., participation in elections and protests). I aim to determine the political consequences of personal experiences with crime, as well as perceptions of crime locally and nationally. My work assesses the micro level consequences of crime in distinct national settings, uncovering how national context can mediate the linkage between crime and political attitudes and behavior.

I hold a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in political science, specializing in comparative politics and Latin American studies. At UNH, I teach courses on Latin American politics, U.S.-Latin American relations, democratization, comparative politics, and statistical analysis.



Mary Fran T. Malone ● Assistant Professor of Political Science ● University of New Hampshire
314 Horton Social Science Center ● Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-1406 ● Fax: (603) 862-0178 ● E-mail:

UPDATED: 4/26/10