David Shirk, PhD

David Shirk
Phone: (619) 260-2315
Office: Kroc Institute for Peace & Jus 257

Department Chair and Professor, Political Science and International Relations

  • PhD, University of California, San Diego; Political Science
  • BA, Lock Haven University, International Studies
  • Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow, 2008-2009
  • Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies Fellow, 1998-1999; 2001-2003; 2013-14
  • Ralph Bunche Scholar, 1992

David A. Shirk, PhD, joined the University of San Diego in 2003 and has served as graduate director for Masters in International Relations since 2015. His books include Mexico’s New Politics: The PAN and Democratic Change (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2005), [edited with Wayne Cornelius] Reforming the Administration of Justice in Mexico (Notre Dame, 2007), [edited with Andrew Selee and Eric Olson] Shared Responsibility: U.S-Mexico Policy Options For Confronting Organized Crime, and [with Emily Edmonds-Poli] Contemporary Mexican Politics (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014).

Areas of Expertise

Mexico; U.S.-Mexico Relations; U.S.-Mexico Border Politics

Areas of Interest

Shirk’s teaching and research covers a wide range of topics in comparative politics and international relations, including Latin American politics, U.S. foreign policy, trans-national crime & terrorism, international political economy, immigration politics & policy, disaster and crisis management, and U.S.-Latin American relations, especially in Mexico and U.S.-Mexican border politics. Dr. Shirk is the principal investigator for the Justice in Mexico Project (www.justiceinmexico.org), which addresses rule of law and security issues in Mexico. From 2003-2013, Dr. Shirk directed the Trans-Border Institute, which works to promote greater analysis and understanding of Mexico, U.S.-Mexico relations, and the U.S.-Mexico border region