Diego Esparza’s Website

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Dr. Esparza is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of North Texas.

Political Scientist & Educator.

My work has been published in the Politics, Groups, and Identities, Social Science Quarterly, Civil Wars, Journal of Politics in Latin America, International Journal of Intelligence and Counter-IntelligenceDemocracy and Security, Comparative Political Studies, and the Annual Review of Political and Military Sociology.  I am regularly invited to speak at the Center for Civil-Military Relations, Center for Homeland Defense Studies, and the U.S. Navy.

Expertise in Political Science

Latin American Politics

Emphasis on Colombia, Mexico, and Chile

CivilMilitary Relations


Public Security



Qualitative: Interviews, Focus Groups, Archival Research, Ethnographic Field Notes, and Qualitative Case Comparisons

Quantitative: Coding Data, OLS, and Logit Regression, Surveys, and Experiments

Proficient User of Stata

Past Experience

University of North Texas
(2017 – Present)
Assistant Professor of Political Science.

Naval Postgraduate School
(2015 – 2017)
Assistant Professor of National Security Affairs.

University of California, Riverside
(2014 – 2015)
Associate Instructor.