Marc Belanger

Faculty Profiles

Marc Belanger

Marc Belanger

Associate Professor
Political Science
Global Studies
348 Spes Unica Hall



Professor Belanger joined the political science department in 1995. His research has examined democratization in Central America, social movements and democratization in Latin America, and the politics of globalization. He is a founding member of the Intercultural Studies and Global Studies programs and teaches classes on comparative politics and global political processes. He is advisor for Model UN at Saint Mary's. He was the recipient of the 2001 Maria Pieta Award for outstanding teaching and the 2015 Spes Unica Award for outstanding service to the College. Before academia, he worked for five years in the development education department of Oxfam America, an international development agency.


PhD, Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
BA, Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz

Areas of Expertise 

  • Comparative Politics
  • Latin American Politics
  • International Development
  • Politics of Race

Research Interests 

  • Democratization
  • The Politics of Globalization
  • Pedagogical Issues in Teaching Comparative Politics

Courses Recently Taught 

  • POSC 160: Global political issues
  • POSC 207: Comparative politics
  • POSC 290: Model UN
  • POSC 304: Latin American politics
  • POSC 319: Global politics of international development
  • POSC 329: Middle East politics
  • POSC 360: Politics of race
  • ICS 201: Introduction to intercultural studies

Professional Memberships 

American Political Science Association
Latin American Studies Association