Ph. D., Political Science, University of New Mexico
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.
“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.