Professor Rebecca Bill Chavez  

Rebecca Bill Chavez is a Professor of Political Science at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.  Her research focuses on Western hemisphere security and on comparative politics, with an emphasis on the rule of law, democratization, and Latin American politics. She has conducted field research in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela.  She spent the 2009-2010 academic year at the Pentagon where she served as Principal Strategic Advisor on Western Hemisphere Affairs for OSD Policy.  

Professor Chavez serves on the U.S. Southern Command Advisory Board and on the U.S. European Command Advisory Board.  She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University and her A.B. from Princeton University. Before entering graduate school, she spent a year as a Fulbright scholar in Buenos Aires. She is the author of The Rule of Law in Nascent Democracies: Judicial Politics in Argentina(Stanford University Press, 2004).  

Her work has appeared in edited volumes and scholarly journals, including Courts in Latin America (Cambridge University Press), The Oxford Handbook of Law and Politics, Comparative Politics, Joint Forces Quarterly, The Journal of Latin American Studies, andLatin American Politics and Society.


  • FP230 Intro to Comparative Politics
  • FP323 Comparative Latin American Politics
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