Marc Belanger, Ph.D.


Marc Belanger, Ph.D.

Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Ph.D, Political Science Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1993
  • B.A. Univ. of California, Santa Cruz, 1977


Professor Belanger joined the political science department in 1995. In recently published articles, he has examined democratization in Guatemala, social movements and democratization in Latin America, and the political intersections of race, immigration and globalization in U.S. politics. He served an international observer for the historic 2000 presidential election in Mexico. One of the founding members of Saint Mary's Intercultural Studies Program, Belanger served as coordinator of the program from 2003-2006 and is the faculty director the Honduras Study Abroad Program. Beyond Saint Mary's, Belanger developed a curriculum unit for the Latin American Studies Program at Tulane University and taught a course for the Global Leadership Program in Cordoba, Argentina. He was the recipient of the 2001 Maria Pieta Award for outstanding teaching. Belanger is also the advisor for our Pi Sigma Alpha chapter of the national POSC honor society.

Areas of Expertises

  • U.S. foreign policy
  • wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • immigration
  • Latin America
  • Middle East

Research Interests

  • Latin American politics
  • democratization
  • political identity
  • transnational politics

Media Exposures

  • Impact of Osama bin Laden's death on foreign affairs -by WSBT-AM - May 2, 2011 - watch it now
  • New era for Egypt as president steps down -by WSBT-AM - Feb 11, 2011 - watch it now
  • Iran and its nuclear plans -by WSBT-AM - Oct 26, 2009 - watch it now
  • Gaza and its effect on incoming Obama administration -by WSBT-AM - Jan 12, 2009 - watch it now