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Stacey L. Hunt

Stacey L. Hunt

Associate Professor

Political Science

Stacey L. Hunt

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7070 Haley Center

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PhD, Rutgers University

BA, Gustavus Adolphus College

About Me

Stacey L. Hunt, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Auburn University. Her research specializes in comparative politics with an emphasis on urban planning and state capacity in Latin America. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on qualitative research methods, comparative public policy, U.S.-Latin American foreign relations, and women in politics. Hunt has been a Fulbright Scholar, an American Association of University Women Fellow, a Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellow, and a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow. She is the author of numerous articles on violence and security policies, urban planning, citizenship, and nationalism in Latin America. Her book manuscript, Beautiful States: Gender, Performance, and Nationalism in Colombia, is under contract at New York University Press.

Research Interests

comparative politics with an emphasis on urban planning and state capacity in Latin America


  • Hunt, S. (2020). “Public Emotions and Variations of Violence: Evidence from Colombia,” Perspectives on Politics. 18(3): 788-804.
  • “Mission Bogotá: Pedagogical Governance in a Weak State.” Citizenship Studies. (2017). 21(1): 68-84.
  • “Conflict and Convergence between Experts and Citizens: The Case of Bogotá’s TransMilenio,” Latin American Perspectives. (2017).  44(2): 91-110.
  • “Twenty-First Century Cyborgs: Cosmetic Surgery and Aesthetic Nationalism in Colombia.” New Political Science. (2015). 37(4): 543-561.
  • “Cultura ciudadana. Una nueva mirada al límite entre el estado y la sociedad.” Iconos. (2015). No. 52: pp. 119-141.
  • “The Origins, Organization, and Perhaps Demise of Armed Resistance to the State,” International Studies Review. (2013). 15: 594-599.
  • “Writing Cartographies of Violence: Nation Building through State Failure,” New Political Science. (2013). 35(2): 227-249.
  • “Everyday Engagement in Spectacular Situations: Popular Participation in Security Provision,” Third World Quarterly. (2012).  33(7): 1305-1321.
  • “Rethinking State, Civil Society, and Citizen Participation: The Case of the Colombian Paramilitaries,” Behemouth: A Journal on Civilisation. (2009). 2(1): 64-87.
  • “Planning the Strong State: Regulating Public Space, Redefining Citizenship,” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. (2009). 27(2): 331-351.
  • “Languages of Stateness: A Study of Space and El Pueblo in the Colombian State,” Latin American Research Review. (2006). 41(3): 88-121.
Book Chapters
  • “Beauty Queens and Theme Parks: Coffee Consumption in Contemporary Colombia,” Chapter 12 in Territories of Conflict: Traversing Cultural Studies in Colombia edited by Andrea Fanta, Alejandro Herrero Olaizola, and Chloe Rutter-Jensen. University of Rochester Press. (2017): pp. 175-188.
  • “Conflict and Convergence between Experts and Citizens: Bogotá’s TransMilenio.” Chapter 10 in Urban Latin America: Inequalities and Neoliberal Reforms edited by Tom Angotti. New York: Rowman and Littlefield. (2017): pp. 146-165.

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses:
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • Government and Politics of Latin America
  • U.S. – Latin America Foreign Relations
  • Women and Global Politics
Graduate Courses:
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Comparative Public Policy