Ph. D., Political Science, University of New Mexico
M.A., Political Science, University of New Mexico
B.A., University Studies, University of New Mexico
MW 4:00-5:00 pm and by appointment
PLSC 291: Intro to Comparative Politics
PLSC 397X: Politics of Latin America
Michael Wolff earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of New Mexico and joined the faculty at WWU in 2016. His research focuses on organized criminal violence and policing in Latin America, and seeks to understand how state policy and behavior shape the development of different types of criminal groups, as well as how organized crime and violence influence politics. Dr. Wolff currently has ongoing research projects in Mexico and Brazil.
Dr. Wolff teaches a range of courses in the subfields of Comparative Politics and International Relations. Special course topics include Civil Wars and Political Violence, Gangs and Organized Crime, Development and Inequality, Politics of Brazil and Mexico, and Comparative Border Studies.
Faculty Research InterestsComparative Politics
“Community Policing the Brazilian Favela.” Network of Research in International Affairs, published online June 14, 2018. http://www.noria-research.com/community-policing-the-brazilian-favela/
“Violence and Criminal Order: The Case of Ciudad Juarez.” Urban Geography, published online April 4, 2018, https://doi.org/10.1080/02723638.2018.1459019.
“Competing for Legitimacy: Drug Traffickers and the State in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro and Recife.” Latin American Politics and Society. Vol. 57, No. 2, Summer 2015
“Pacification and Pacts for Life: The Logics of Criminal Violence and Public Security in Brazil,” Policing and Society, Fall 2015.