Mark Ungar is professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, and of the CUNY Criminal Justice Doctoral Program. He has written and edited four books (Elusive Reform: Democracy and the Rule of Law in Latin America; Policing Democracy: Overcoming Obstacles to Citizen Security in Latin America; Violence and Politics: Globalization’s Paradox; Policing Democracy: Overcoming Obstacles to Citizen Security in Latin America) and about 30 articles and book chapters on judicial reform, citizen security and policing. He is an adviser to the United Nations, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the governments of Argentina, Bolivia, Honduras and Mexico. In 2011, he was elected to the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights, the investigative body of the inter-American legal system. He has received grants and fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Tinker Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.
Ungar specializes in Latin American politics, criminal justice and democratization. In particular, he develops policy recommendations and academic analysis on criminal policy and police reform in Latin America. He writes and serves as an adviser on community policing, anti-violence and human rights projects. At CUNY, he teaches graduate courses on international politics, comparative politics, the military and police, human rights and violence.