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Dr. Carlos Flores Pérez

Dr. Carlos Flores Pérez is a professor and leading research scholar from Mexico. He earned his MA and PhD at the National University of Mexico (UNAM), where his published dissertation The State in Crisis: Organized Crime and Politics. Challenges for Democratic Consolidation won the National Award for Researching Corruption in Mexico, given by the National University and the Federal Government’s Ministry of Public Administration.

Dr. Flores dedicates his career to the study the effects of drug cartels and governmental corruption, with a particular focus on Mexico and Colombia. He is an internationally recognized authority on the Mexican drug cartels, giving interviews and contributing to American media such as CNN en Español, the Washington Post, the Dallas Morning News, the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Dr. Flores’s current research project, Historias de Polvo y Sangre. Génesis y evolución del tráfico de drogas en el estado de Tamaulipas,examines the rise of the Gulf Cartel in the state of Tamaulipas along its border with Texas.

Dr. Flores has worked as a director of intelligence analysis for the Secretary of Governance’s Center for Investigation and National Security, and has also been an associate professor and researcher at the Center for Investigation and Higher Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS), in Mexico City.

We were fortunate at the University of Connecticut to have Dr. Flores with us for an entire year, from the fall of 2010 through the spring of 2011, as a visiting scholar in Human Rights and Latin American Studies. Dr. Flores gave a talk each semester, the first titled “Stories of Blood and Powder: Genesis and Evolution of Drug Trafficking in Mexico’s State of Tamaulipas” and the second “State Failure and Criminal Capture in Mexico”, both very well received. In addition, he taught a graduate course called “Drug Trafficking, Violence, and Corruption: Comparative Perspectives in Mexico and Columbia” and an undergraduate course called “Contemporary Politics in Mexico.” Both courses were very popular with students.


LAMS 5015 03: Drug Trafficking, Violence and Corruption:  Comparative Perspectives in Mexico and Columbia

The course attempts to provide students with a background and understanding of organized crime, the contemporary Latin American state, and interactions between the two, with a particular focus on Mexico and Columbia. It examines theoretical literature about organized crime and its connections to politics. Throughout the course, students will consider structural conditions that make some states more vulnerable to organized crime, corruption and violence than others. Students will apply this theoretical knowledge in an analysis of the evolution of drug trafficking in Mexico and Columbia in recent decades and to the current drug war in Mexico.

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Student testimonials about LAMS 5015 03:

"Professor Flores's class introduced me to the idea that organized crime is not an ahistorical or apolitical phenomena that exists independent from the state. Often times, the structural condition of the state leads to or assists in the establishment of organized crime. Professor Flores's unique use of theory, history, testimonies and media was not only engaging but effective in giving me a multidimensional view on organized crime in Latin America."

-Ana Arboleda, Center of Latin Amerian and Carribean Studies, MA, Class of 2012

POLS 2998: Contemporary Politics in Mexico.

The course attempts to provide students with introductory knowledge on Mexican political institutions, specifically the processes and history from the Revolution to present. The course visits foundational literature about the Mexican political system, the origin and consolidation of the post-revolutionary regime, the process of political liberalization, and effects of recent elections of opposition parties to the federal government.

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The Mexican Army

The Cardenismo and the Oil National

Genesis and Historical Evolution of Organized Crime



Column for "Open Democracy"

Interview in ""

"De Falacias Que No Lo Parecen y Mitos Que No Lo Son" (Of Fallacies that Don't Seem So and Myths that Aren't"

"Delincuencia Organizada Paramilitar y la Crisis de Seguridad Mexicana" (Paramilitary Organized Crime and the Crisis of Mexican Security)

"Organized Crime and Democracy"

"El Tráfico de Drogas en México: Condiciones Generales de Evolución y Estrategias de Respuesta del Estado" (The Drug Traffic in Mexico: Genderal Conditions of its Evolution and State Response Strategies)

"México, Entre la Impunidad y el Caos" (Mexico, Between Impunity and Chaos)