Victor Hinojosa

Associate Professor
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Associate Professor of Political Science

Education
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
M.A., University of Notre Dame
B.A., Baylor University

Victor J. Hinojosa is Associate Professor of Political Science in the Honors Program at Baylor University where he teaches courses in Political Science, the Honors Program, and in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core. He joined the Baylor faculty in 2003 after first earning a B.A. in economics with a minor in philosophy from Baylor University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame.  Dr. Hinojosa's primary research is in Latin American Politics and U.S.-Latin American relations.He is the author of Domestic Politics and International Narcotics Control(Routledge 2007) and his articles have appeared in scholarly books and journals including Terrorism and Political Violence, Political Science Quarterly, the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, and the Mennonite Quarterly Review.  

Dr. Hinojosa currently directs the Baylor Migration Project, a social innovation laboratory at Baylor University that is bringing together an interdisciplinary team of faculty and students to address the challenges of child migration from Mexico and the Northern Triangle of Central America (Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador).  In collaboration with the Texas Hunger Initiative, Mennonite Central Committee, and others Dr. Hinojosa and his students are working to design interventions into this challenging humanitarian crisis.  Dr. Hinojosa serves on the Board of Directors of the Ecclesia Project and has served on the Board of Directors the Baylor UniversityCenter for Christian Ethics is the past president of the Board of Directors of World Hunger Relief.  Dr. Hinojosa and his family are active members of DaySpring Baptist Church in Waco where teaches children’s Sunday school.

Curriculum Vitae

 

Publications

Book

Domestic Politics and International Narcotics Control:  U.S. Relations with Mexico and Colombia, 1989-2000.  Routledge, 2007.   Reviewed in Latin American Politics and Societyand Choice

 

Journal Articles

“Terrorism in Colombia:  Logic and Sources of a Multidimensional and Ubiquitous Phenomenon” (with Andreas E. Feldmann).  Terrorism and Political Violence,

 21:1,42-61, 2009

“Presidential Survival and the Impeachment Process:  The United States and Colombia” (with Aníbal S. Pérez-Liñán).  Political Science Quarterly, 121 :4, 653-675, 2006. 

“Religion and the Paradox of Racial Inequality Attitudes” (with Jerry Z. Park) Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 43:2, 229-238, June 2004.

 

Contributions to Edited Volumes and Special Issues

“Negotiating Peace and Strengthening the State: Reducing Violence in Colombia” in Violence in the Americas, Hanna S. Kassab and Jonathan D. Rosen, eds. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, forthcoming in 2018.

“Shifting Priorities and Engaging the Peace Process: U.S.-Colombian Relations in the Obama Era” in The Obama Doctrine in the Americas, Hanna S. Kassab and Jonathan D. Rosen, eds. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016 (pg. 137-154).

“Christian Practices for the Journey Toward Shalom” in “Racism,” Christian Reflection, 2010 (Invited)

“A Christological Social Science? Reflections from a Political Scientist on Future Directions in Mennonite-Anabaptist Peace Studies and Theology.”  Mennonite Quarterly Review 81 (January 2007), 97-106. (Special Issue, invited). 

“The Politics of Survival: The Case of Colombia” (with Aníbal S. Pérez-Liñán) in Checking Executive Power: Presidential Impeachment in Comparative Perspective, Jody C. Baumgartner and Naoko Kada, eds, Westport, CN: Praeger.  2003. (pg. 65-79).

 

Book Reviews

Electing Not to Vote:  Christian Reflections on Reasons for Not Voting.  Ted Lewis, ed.  Eugene, Or: Cascade.  2008.  Conrad Grebel Review, Fall 2009.

Exiles in the Empire:  Believer’s Church Perspectives on Politics.  Nathan E. Yoder and Carol A. Sheppard, eds.  Kitchener, Ont.: Pandora Press.  2006.  Mennonite Quarterly Review, April 2008.

Loving Without Giving In:  Christian Responses to Terrorism and Tyranny.  By Ron Mock. Telford, Pa:  Cascadia Publishing House.  2004.  Mennonite Quarterly Review, July 2006. 

 

Work In Progress

Terrorism and Armed Conflict in Colombia.  Book project with Andreas Feldmann examining the use of terrorism in Colombia’s armed conflict by the state, leftist guerrilla groups, paramilitary forces, and narcotics traffickers.   

 

Conference Presentations and Invited Lectures

“Terrorism, Accountability, and the Colombian Peace Process.” Prepared for delivery at the XXXV International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Lima, Peru, April 29-May 1, 2017.

“Truth, Accountability, and Reintegration: FARC Terrorism and the Colombian Peace Process.” Prepared for delivery at the XXXIV International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, New York, NY, May 27-30 2016.

“State Terrorism and Armed Conflict in Colombia.”  Prepared for Delivery at the XXXII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Chicago, IL May 21-24 2014.

“Terrorism and Narcotics Trafficking in the Colombian Conflict.” Presented at the XXXI International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Washington, DC May 29-June 1 2013

“Paramilitary Terrorism in Colombia.” Presented at the XXX International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, San Francisco, California May 23-26, 2012. and Presented at the 69th Annual National Conference of the Midwest Political Science Association. March 31-April 3 2011. Chicago, IL,

“The Most Segregated Hour in America.” From Every Nation Symposium on Race, Annual Lecture (invited) March 11, 2009.  Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI.Plenary Address (invited), “Crossing the Divide:  Race, Racism, and the Body of Christ,” 2008 Gathering of the Ekklesia Project, July 7-9, DePaul University, Chicago IL.    

“Immigration and U.S.-Mexican Relations.”  Invited Lecture commemorating Constitution Day and 16th of September (Mexico’s Independence Day) at McLennan Community College, Waco, TX, September 17th 2007. 

“Terrorism in Colombia:  Logic and Sources of a Multidimensional and Ubiquitous Political Phenomenon.”  With Andreas Feldmann.  Paper presented at the XXVII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association.  September 5-8, 2007. Montréal, Canada

“Narco-Terrorism and U.S. Relations with Colombia.”  Paper presented at the 48th Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Chicago, IL, February 28-March 3, 2007.

“A Christological Social Science?  Reflections from a Political Scientist on Future Directions in Anabaptist-Mennonite Peace Studies and Theology.”  Invited Presentation, Future Directions in Anabaptist-Mennonite Scholarship, Mennonite Historical Library Centennial Conference.  Goshen College, Goshen IN.  May 5-6, 2006. 

“A Typology of Terrorism in the Colombian Context.”  With Andreas Feldmann.  Presented at the XXVI International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association,  March 15-18, 2006, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

“Terrorism in Colombia:  Logic and Sources of a Multidimensional and Ubiquitous Political Phenomenon.”  With Andreas Feldmann.  Paper presented at the XXV International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Las Vegas, NV, October 7-9, 2004.

“Drug Politics in the Clinton Era.”  Paper presented at the XXIV International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Dallas, TX, March 27-29, 2003.

“Looking Forward, Backwards:  Narcotics Control and U.S. Relations with Mexico and Colombia, 1989-1992.”  Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the International Studies Association, Portland, OR, February 26-March 1, 2003.

“International Narcotics Control and Two-Level Games:  Cooperation Between the United States and Mexico and Colombia, 1996-2000.” Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the American Political Science Association, Boston, MA, August 28-September 1, 2002.

“U.S.-Colombian Relations After September 11th, February 20th, and May 26th: A New Era, Or More of the Same?” Presented to the Colombia Working Group, University of Notre Dame, May 31, 2002.

“Religion and the Paradox of Racial Inequality Attitudes.” (With Jerry Z. Park).  Presented at the 2002 Henry Institute Symposium on Religion and Politics, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, May 3-4.

“Presidential Survival and the Impeachment Process: Colombia in Comparative Perspective.” (With Aníbal S. Pérez-Liñán).  Presented at the Annual Meetings of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 25-28, 2002.

“International Narcotics Control and Two-Level Games:  Cooperation Between the United States and Mexico and Colombia, 1992-1996.”  Presented at the Annual Meetings of the International Studies Association Meetings, New Orleans, LA, March 24-27, 2002.

“Narcotics Control and U.S.-Colombia Relations, 1996-2000.”  Presented at the XXIII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Washington, D.C., September 6-8, 2001.

“The Politics of Jesus.”  Invited Presentation, Baylor Institute for Faith and Learning.  Baylor University, Waco, Texas, October 1999.

“Will the United States Resist its Traditional Urge to Intervene in Latin America?” (with Michael J. Francis)  Presented at the XXI International Congress of the Latin America Studies Association, Chicago, Illinois, September 24-26, 1998.

“The Relationship Between Economic Sanctions and Human Rights: A Preliminary Analysis.” (with George A. Lopez) Presented at the Annual Meetings of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois, May 1998.

 

Teaching Experience

Courses Taught:

Government and Politics of Latin America

Government and Politics of Mexico

International Political Economy

Terrorism and Political Violence (First Year Seminar, Honors)

Politics and the Novel in 20th Century Latin America (First Year Seminar, Honors)

Reading Course in Political Science (Undergraduate and Graduate)

Independent Readings, Honors

Fundamentals of International Politics

Seminar in International Relations (Graduate)

Research Design and Research Methods (Graduate)'

Social World II, Baylor Interdisciplinary Core

Colombian Politics

First Year Composition