David A. Shirk

David A. Shirk

Email: dshirk@sandiego.edu

Phone: (619) 260-2315

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David A. Shirk

Associate Professor
Political Science and International Relations

David A. Shirk, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of San Diego. He received his PhD in Political Science at the University of California, San Diego, and was fellow at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies from 1998-99 and 2001-2003. He conducts research on Mexican politics, U.S.-Mexican relations, and law enforcement and security along the U.S.-Mexican border.

Dr. Shirk teaches and lectures widely on related issues in the United States, as well as Latin America and Europe. He is currently the principal investigator for the Justice in Mexico project (www.justiceinmexico.org), a bi-national research initiative on criminal justice and the rule of law in Mexico.

Educational Background

  • PhD, Political Science; University of California, San Diego
  • MA, Political Science; University of California, San Diego
  • BA, International Studies, Lock Haven University


Recent publications by Dr. Shirk include:

  • Justiciabarómetro: Resultados de la encuesta a la policia municipal preventiva de la Zona Metropolitana de Guadalajara (2009) co-authored with Marcos Pablo Moloeznik and María Eugenia Suárez de Garay
  • Contemporary Mexican Politics (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2008) co-authored with Emily Edmonds-Poli
  • Reforming the Administration of Justice in Mexico (University of Notre Dame Press, 2007) edited with Wayne Cornelius
  • Evaluating Accountability and Transparency in Mexico: National, Local, and Comparative Perspectives (Trans-Border Institute, 2007) edited with Alejandra Ríos Cásares
  • "Migration and Development," TBI Border Brief (October 2006)
  • "Law Enforcement Challenges and 'Smart Borders'," in Homeland Security: Protecting America's Targets (Praeger, 2006)
  • Mexico's New Politics: The PAN and Democratic Change (Colorado: Lynne Rienner, 2005)
  • “Slavery Without Borders: Human Trafficking in the U.S.-Mexican Context,” CSIS Hemisphere Focus, January 23, 2004.
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