Dr Pablo Calderón Martínez

Lecturer in Spanish


Dr Pablo Calderón Martínez is a Lecturer in Spanish at Aston University. Pablo’s research focuses on Spanish and Latin American (particularly Mexican) democratisation processes (mainly the international dimension), political culture, elites and social movements. Pablo has also been a Visiting Assistant Professor in International Political Economy at CIDE in Mexico City. Before moving to Aston, Pablo was a Teaching Fellow in Spanish and European Studies at the Department of European and International Studies of King’s College London.

Pablo completed his PhD in Spanish and Mexican Politics at King’s College London. He also holds an MSc in European Identities from the London School of Economics, and a BA in International Relations from ITESO University, Mexico. Pablo has held research positions at the Center for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences at the Juan March Institute in Madrid, and at the Department of International Relations at ITESO University. He has presented his research internationally, and has commented on Spanish, Latin American and European politics for the BBC, BBC World, CNN, Sky News, CNBC, Canadian Television, The Independent, Monocle Radio and Share Radio.

  • PhD in Spanish and Mexican Politics/Democratization Studies – King’s College London.
  • MSc in European Identities – London School of Economics.
  • BA in International Relations – ITESO University, Mexico (graduated with Academic Excellence).
  • Mexican, Spanish and Latin American politics
  • Democratisation and democratic theory
  • Social movements in Spain and Latin America
  • Political parties in Spain and Latin America
  • International Relations of Spain and Latin America
  • EU foreign policy and democracy promotion
  • Calderón Martínez, P. 2018. NAFTA and Democracy in Mexico: A Successful Failure? New York: Routledge
  • Calderón Martínez, P. 2015. ‘The EU and Democratic Leverage: Are there still Lessons to be learnt from the Spanish Transition to Democracy?’, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 23 (3) (doi: 10.1080/14782804.2014.978748).
  • Calderón Martínez, P. 2014. ‘Internationalisation as a Democratic Tool: Revisiting Mexico’s Double Transition’, Bulletin of Latin American Research, 33 (2), pp. 174–188 (doi: 10.1111/blar.12121).
  • Calderón Martínez, P. 2013. ‘Why Comparing Experiences with Democracy in Latin America Matters’, Government and Opposition, 48 (4), pp. 616-632.
  • III International Congress of the Mexican Association of Political Science – Paper title: ¿El Uso de la “Condicionalidad” Como Herramienta de Democratización? Una Re-evaluación de las Transiciones Democráticas en España y México.
  • King’s Centre for Global Health. The Politics of Drugs: Organised Crime and Democracy in Mexico.
  • Faulty Democracy and Organised Crime in Mexico and Latin America – King’s College London.
  • European Consortium of Political Research Annual Conference – University of Glasgow. Paper title: The EU and Democratic Leverage: Are there still Lessons to be learnt from the Spanish Transition to Democracy?
  • Academia Confronts Emergent Communication Practices and Technopolitics – A Focus on Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula (International Conference organised by Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Cosmopolíticas UNAM and City University London.).
  • 22nd World Congress in Political Science: International Political Science Association – Complutense University, Madrid. Paper title: Regional Integration and Democratisation: Re-visiting Mexico´s Double Transition.
  • Postgraduates in Latin American Studies Annual Conference – University of Oxford. Paper title: Mexico’s Democratic Culture and the 2012 Presidential Elections: From the Local to the International (Part 2: Internationalisation and Democracy). Co-authored with Erick G. Palomares from Complutense University.
  • Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies Annual Conference. American University, Washington D.C. Paper title: Internationalisation as a Democratic Tool: Revisiting Mexico’s Double Transition.
  • Pacific Coast Council of Latin American Studies Annual Conference – California State University, Los Angeles. Paper title: NAFTA and Democratisation: Mexico’s Democratic Challenges in the New Millennium.   
  • School of Socio-judicial Studies and the International Relations Department Conference – Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO). Guest Speaker presenting the paper: Los Indignados del 15-M: Pautas Hacia la Transformación Democrática.
  • Postgraduates in Latin American Studies Annual Conference. – University of Cambridge, Paper title: Regional Integration and Democratisation: Revisiting Mexico's Double Transition.
  • UACES Student Forum Annual Conference – University of Surrey. Paper title: Revisiting the Paradigmatic Case of the Spanish Transition to Democracy: European Integration, European Citizenship and Political Culture.
  • Jean Monnet Centre for Excellence Conference – King’s College London, Paper title: The Spanish Model of Transition to Democracy and Regional Integration after the Financial Crisis. Part of ‘Rethinking Europe after the Financial Crisis’ workshop.
  • Exploring the Archive in the Digital Age Conference – King’s College London, Chairing the panel: The Status of Serialised Publications as Archives and within the Archive.
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Phone:0121 204 4682
Email: p.calderon-martinez@aston.ac.uk