Jodi Finkel

Professor of Political Science

(310) 338-7375  
University Hall 4124

Fall 2015

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Jodi S. Finkel researches political institutions, human rights, and democracy in Latin America. Her current work examines the Ombudsman’s Office (the human rights office) in Mexico and Peru. Her recent publications are in PS: Political Science and Politics and Human Rights Review. She has published several articles on supreme courts and judicial reform in Mexico and Argentina (in LARR, JLAS, and LAPS). Her book, Judicial Reform as Political Insurance: Argentina, Peru, and Mexico in the 1990s (University of Notre Dame Press) was published in spring 2008. She is a founder of MuJER (an empowerment and community organizing program for sex workers in Guatemala), President of HOY (a volunteer organization in Mexico), and an academic liaison for Free the Slaves (a US nonprofit that fights modern slavery). Professor Finkel worked in Latin America as a business consultant and journalist and also lived in Paris and Barcelona studying art. She teaches courses dealing with political and economic challenges in the developing world. Professor Finkel received her PhD from UCLA.

Professor Finkel was the recipient of Loyola Marymount University's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2009.

In 2011, she received a Visionary Leader Award from the University of California San Diego.  (Fifty individuals were selected from 135,000 alumni).


Comparative Politics 

Latin American Politics 
Human Rights Seminar 
Politics of Economic Development 
The Common Good: Developing a Nonprofit 
Slavery, Abolition, and Modern Slavery

Ph. D. Political Science, UCLA

M.A. Political Science, UCLA

M.A. International Affairs, UCSD

B.A. Political Science, UCLA