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Department of

Political Science and International Relations

Mary McKenzie

Visiting Professor

Since receiving her PhD in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1994, Mary M. McKenzie has taught regularly in the Political Science Department.  She also has taught at California State University, San Marcos and at Grossmont College.  At USD, Dr. McKenzie teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in international relations, including International Organizations, American Foreign Policy, Politics and the Environment, International Human Rights, and Model UN.


Dr. McKenzie received her B.A. from Georgetown University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. More recently, Dr. McKenzie received her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law. During her graduate studies, Mary spent several years in Germany, where she studied German foreign policy in the context of transatlantic relations. She was also awarded a MacArthur postdoctoral research fellowship at the Peace Research Institute in Frankfurt to investigate international security institutions. In 2001, Dr. McKenzie was selected to participate in an International Faculty Development Seminar on Contemporary Cuba, sponsored by the Council for International Educational Exchange.

Scholarly and Creative Work

Dr. McKenzie’s doctoral research focused on the internal and external influences on German foreign policy. Currently, her research interests are centered on American foreign policy, the influence of international organizations on state action, and issues of global justice. Dr. McKenzie has published in International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, German Politics and Society, and Debatte. Her work also appears in Germany at Fifty-five, edited by James Sperling; The United Nations, Human Security, and Conflict Settlement: A Crisis of Credibility?, edited by Oliver and Edward Newman; and The Promise and Reality of European Security Cooperation: States, Interests and Institutions, which she co-edited with Peter H. Loedel. She speaks frequently throughout San Diego on the United Nations and on U.S.-Cuban relations.

Teaching Interests

Professor McKenzie’s classes include the introductory international relations class and upper-division courses in international organization and American foreign policy. Mary is also dedicated to teaching Model United Nations, giving students the opportunity to learn hands-on at several regional MUN conferences throughout the academic year.