David CuperyDr. David Cupery

Assistant Professor, Political Science and Public Policy


About Me

I moved to the beautiful Berkshires in 2015 and am very excited to be part of the MCLA community.

I feel most at home in the classroom. This makes sense as my experiences as an undergraduate at a small liberal arts college are what first made me think about pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science. At MCLA, I teach introductory courses on comparative politics and international relations. I also offer a wide variety of upper-level courses covering everything from Latin American politics to civil war and terrorism to political and economic development. Click here for my most recent syllabi. Overall, I am motivated to prepare our students for the demands and opportunities of an increasingly globalized world. 

Professionally and personally, I have been heavily influenced by over three years studying, teaching, volunteering, and exploring in Latin America. The majority of this time was spent as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Guayaquil, Ecuador. In Guayaquil, I completed a Masters degree in International Sciences and Diplomacy, taught social science courses at a local university, and was involved in many service activities, such as teaching in a low-income school and interning with a micro credit and housing non-profit.

Students in PeruAt MCLA I am working to promote more participation in internationally-oriented education and service. My plan is to offer annual travel courses for Latin American destinations. These semester long courses involve 10-12 days of travel where students come face to face with the issues and places that they have been studying in the classroom. The country of study (and destination) for my 2017 travel course was Peru. 13 students studied and then came face to face with the rich history and cultural diversity of the country. Highlights included homestays with indigenous families on the island of Amantaní in Lake Titicaca and a pre-dawn hike up to the ruins of Machu Picchu. Click here or here for more information on the Peru Travel course. In the spring of 2018 I will be leading a travel course for Cuba. The course will examine Cuba's controversial political and economic systems, socioeconomic issues - such as healthcare, education, and race relations, and varied culture and arts. This will be done first in the classroom and later in Cuba through visits to important sites and meetings with Cuban experts, activists, entrepreneurs, and artists. More information can be found here.

Research/Creative Interests

My research interests lie at the intersection of comparative politics and international relations. For example, my dissertation studies Latin American public opinion and elite rhetoric towards the United States and China. In doing so, it engages the literature from areas as diverse as Latin American political history, political psychology, international political economy, and soft power. Other areas of interest include post-conflict economic development and regional integration within Latin America and other developing regions.

Outside of work my interests include hiking, travel, reading, and playing and watching soccer. I'm 'working' diligently on a somewhat superficial (yet incredibly rich and enjoyable!) goal of getting to 40 countries by age 40. 


Cupery, David. 2016. "Yankee Go Home & The American Dream? Confronting the Puzzling Coexistence of Anti-American Elite Rhetoric and Pro-American Public Opinion in Latin America." The Latin Americanist 60(4): 473-496.

Baker, Andy, and David Cupery. 2013. “Anti-Americanism in Latin America: Economic Exchange, Foreign Policy Legacies, and Mass Attitudes toward the Colossus of the North.”Latin American Research Review 48(2): 106-130

Baker, Andy, and David Cupery. 2013.“Gringo Stay Here!” Americas Quarterly 7(3): 45-51.


Contact Information

Office: History House #7


Personal website



Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder, 2015

M.A., University of Colorado Boulder, 2011

Masters in International Sciences and Diplomacy, Universidad de Guayaquil, 2010

B.A., Centre College, 2005


Office Hours Spring 2018

Tuesday, Thursday 4:00pm-5:30pm

or by appointment


Courses Taught

POSC 202: Introduction to Comparative Government, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017

POSC 205: Introduction to International Relations, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017

POSC 315: Latin American Politics and Society, Fall 2015

POSC 315: Sub-Saharan African Politics, Spring 2016

POSC 315: Politics of Conflict, Spring 2016 

POSC 401: Global Development, Fall 2016

POSC 343: Political Economy, Spring 2017

POSC 315: Model United Nations, Spring 2017

TRVL 300: Peru Travel Course, Spring 2017

POSC 401: America Foreign Policy, Fall 2017