Mauricio Benítez Iturbe
Mauricio Benítez became Program Director of the DRCLAS Mexico Office in February 2017, with the mission of deepening the already vibrant relationship between Harvard and Mexico. A native of the state of Morelos, Mauricio brings to the Office extensive experience in Mexican and U.S. higher education. He holds a BA degree in International Relations from El Colegio de México, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego, and the University of California, Berkeley, respectively. He has been a visiting scholar at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at UC San Diego, and the Hayward R. Alker postdoctoral researcher at the Center for International Studies at the University of Southern California. Before joining DRCLAS, Mauricio was an assistant professor of Political Science at Chapman University. His areas of expertise include comparative, Mexican, and territorial politics, as well as social science methodology.