Antonio Ugues Jr.

Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy

Antonio Ugues Jr.


Dr. Antonio Ugues Jr. is associate professor of political science in the Department of Political Science and Public Policy at St. Mary's College of Maryland. Since 2019, Dr. Ugues has served as the director of the Center for the Study of Democracy, a joint partnership of St. Mary's College of Maryland and Historic St. Mary's City. Dr. Ugues received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Riverside. His research interests include democracy, electoral systems, and electoral integrity. Dr. Ugues’ work has appeared in several academic venues including: Electoral Studies; the Journal of Politics in Latin America; Latin American Politics and Society; the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties; the Journal of Legislative Studies; Democracy and Security; Political and Military Sociology: An Annual Review; the California Journal of Politics and Policy; and in an edited volume titled Advancing Electoral Integrity (Oxford University Press 2014). Dr. Ugues’ current research agenda explores attitudes towards democracy and electoral integrity in contemporary Mexican and U.S. politics.

A native of Lamont, California, Dr. Ugues is proud of his roots in the southern San Joaquin Valley and the sacrifices made by his parents and grandparents to provide him with the opportunities and support to excel in his professional and personal endeavors.

Areas of Teaching Specialization

  • Comparative Politics
  • Mexico and Latin America
  • Democracy, Electoral Systems, and Electoral Integrity
  • U.S. Latino Politics

Internal Affiliations


  • Ph.D. in Political Science at University of California Riverside, 2013
  • M.A. in Political Science at University of California Riverside, 2009
  • B.A. in Political Science & Economics at California State University Bakersfield, 2006