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About Dr Pablo Calderon Martinez

Pablo is an Associate Professor in Politics & International Relations at the Northeastern University London. Prior to joining Northeastern University London, Pablo was a Lecturer in Spanish at Aston University, a Visiting Assistant Professor (Research) in International Political Economy at the Centre for Teaching and Research in Economics (CIDE) in Mexico, and a Teaching Fellow in Spanish and European Studies at King’s College London. Pablo has also held research positions at the Centre for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences at the Juan March Institute, and at the Department of International Relations at ITESO University.

Pablo completed a PhD in Spanish and Latin American Politics/Democracy and Democratisation at King’s College London in 2014, and holds an MSc in European Identities from the London School of Economics and a BA in International Relations from ITESO University. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Mexican National System of Researchers (SNI), Level 1.



BA International Relations, ITESO University Mexico (2006)

MSc European Identities, London School of Economics (2007)

PhD Spanish and Latin American Studies, King’s College London (2014)

Professional Body Memberships

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2018)

Dr Pablo Calderon Martinez's Research

Pablo’s research focuses on Spanish and Latin American (mainly Mexican) contemporary politics. In particular, Pablo’s research interests lie in the intersection between economic internationalisation (FTAs, PTAs and other forms of regionalism) and democratisation processes. His book NAFTA and Democracy in Mexico: A Successful Failure? (Routledge, 2019) deals with this issue in the case of Mexico’s economic integration with North America. Pablo regularly engages with the media and has commentated on Spanish, Latin American and European politics for the BBC, BBC World, CNBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, Canadian Television, The Independent, Monocle Radio, LBC Radio and Radio Imagen in Mexico.

Research Activity

Member (Level 1) of the National System of Researchers – CONACYT, Mexico.

Visiting Assistant Professor (Research) in International Political Economy & Monograph Grant (£3,000) – Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), Mexico City.

Paradoxes of Innovation(s) in Latin America. Research Network funded by Brown University’s International Advanced Research Institutes ($8,000).


Selected Publications


Calderón Martínez, P. 2018. NAFTA and Democracy in Mexico: A Successful Failure? New York: Routledge. (Reviewed in the journal Democratization)

Calderón Martínez, P., Cordero García, C. and González Arias, A. (eds.). 2019. Tensiones y Transiciones en las Relaciones Internacionales: un análisis interdisciplinario. Guadalajara Mexico: ITESO.


Peer-reviewed articles

Calderón Martínez, P. 2019. ‘Comparing difficult democratic legacies: institutional continuity and state formation in Spain and Mexico’, Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research, 24 (3) (doi: 10.1080/13260219.2019.1623291).

Calderón Martínez, P. 2015. ‘The EU and Democratic Leverage: are there still lessons to be learnt from the Spanish transition to democracy?’, Journal of Contemporary European Studies (IF: 0.982), 23 (3) (doi: 10.1080/14782804.2014.978748).

Calderón Martínez, P. 2014. ‘Internationalisation as a democratic tool: revisiting Mexico’s double transition’, Bulletin of Latin American Research (IF: 1.000), 33 (2), pp. 174–188 (doi: 10.1111/blar.12121).


Peer-reviewed book chapter

Calderón Martínez, P. 2019. ‘Instituciones y modelos económicos: 50 años de democracia en América Latina’, in Calderón Martínez, P., Cordero García, C. and González Arias, A. (eds.), Tensiones y Transiciones en las Relaciones Internacionales: un análisis interdisciplinario. Guadalajara & Mexico City: ITESO/Universidad Iberaoméricana Press.


Review article

Calderón Martínez, P. 2013. ‘Why Comparing Experiences with Democracy in Latin America Matters’, Government and Opposition (IF: 2.582), 48 (4), pp. 616-632.


Selected recent presentations

Latin American Studies Association, Annual Conference. Boston, USA. Paper tittle: Internationalisation and democracy in Mexico: NAFTA, elites (conditionality) and institutional change.

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid/Fundación Francisco Largo Caballero, Madrid. Paper tittle: The Europeanization and De- Europeanization of the UGT.

Festival for New Economic Thinking – Corn Exchange, Edinburgh. Paper title: NAFTA and Democracy in Mexico: economic models, linkage and conditionality.

Society of Latin American Studies Annual Conference – Organiser and chair of panel: Mexican democracy at a crossroads… yet again. Looking towards the 2018 elections.

Brown University’s International Advanced Research Institute. Local Empowerment, Governance and the Quality of Democracy. Presentation for Brown International Affairs Research Institute (Governance and Development)

Centre for Critical Enquiry into Society and Culture – Problematizing Citizenship: Protest and the Contested Civic Sphere Conference. Round table presentation.

Languages and Social Sciences Research Series, Aston University – From Transition to Indignation: some problems with the definition(s) of democracy.

III International Congress of the Mexican Association of Political Science – Paper title: ¿El Uso de la “Condicionalidad” Como Herramienta de Democratización? Una Re-evaluación de las Transiciones Democráticas en España y México.

King’s Centre for Global Health. The Political Economy of Drugs: Organised Crime and Democracy.

Faulty Democracy and Organised Crime in Mexico and Latin America – King’s College London.

Dr Pablo Calderon Martinez's Teaching

Pablo has extensive teaching and module development experience in Comparative Politics, International Relations, International Political Economy, as well as in the Politics, History and Political Economies of Spain and Latin America.

At Northeastern University London, Pablo has taught the following courses:

  • International Organisations: Global and Local (current)
  • Security Studies (current)
  • Old Powers, New Powers: Imperialism, Colonialism and the Modern State
  • Comparative Politics


Other Professional Activity

Brown International Advanced Research Institute, Brown University, Rhode Island. Governance and Development in the Age of Globalization. Fully funded by a Santander Universities Grant.

Complutense University of Madrid. External PhD examiner.

Cambridge Journals, Peer Reviewer.

Qlik and Brands2Life, Academic Partner, ‘How European are you?’ project.

King’s College London, Organising Committee ‘Mexico Cultural Week’ (to mark the opening of UNAM’s Centre for Mexican Studies). Organising the event ‘The UK/EU and Latin America: between opportunities and concerns’.

Bloomsbury Academic, External Reviewer.

King’s College London, Jean Monet Centre of Excellence Workshop 2011. Organising Committee of the workshop ‘The European Union: Finding its Role in a Changing World’.

King’s College London Learning Institute. Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (Pending submission of teaching portfolio).

University of Sao Paolo, Brazil. International Political Science Association Summer School in Concepts, Methods and Techniques in Political Science – Comparative Survey Design course.

King’s College London, Department of Digital Humanities. Exploring Disciplines.