Clarisa Pérez-Armendáriz

Associate Professor of Politics



Latin American and Latinx Studies


B.A., Pomona College; MPP, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government; Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin

Clarisa Pérez-Armendariz is an Associate Professor of Politics and Latin American Studies at Bates College. Her research explores how international migration affects politics in migrants’ origin countries, especially in Mexico. She is interested in how Mexican immigrants living abroad influence politics and political attitudes and behaviors in Mexico. She also studies the political participation of migrants who return to their origin countries. Clarisa teaches courses in comparative politics, Latin American politics, Latinx politics, international migration, and research methods.

Clarisa has a Ph.D. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a B.A. from Pomona College. She also served as a US Foreign Service officer in Mexico City and India from 1998-2002.

Teaching for Academic Year 2022-23

LALS/PLTC 353 Political Violence in Latin America

PLTC 122: Government and Politics in Global Perspective

LALS/PLTC249: Politics of Latin America

PLTC 208: Latinx Politics

PLTC 320: Immigrants and their Homelands