Frank Mora, Ph. D.

Professor of Politics and International Relations and Senior Researcher

Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy



Frank O. Mora is Professor of Politics and International Relations and Senior Researcher at the Jack D. Gordon Institute of Public Policy at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, FL. From 2013 to 2020 he served as Director of the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC) Prior to arriving at FIU, Dr. Mora served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Western Hemisphere from 2009-2013. He has held several teaching positions, including Professor of National Security Strategy and Latin American Studies at the National War College, National Defense University (2004-2009), Associate Professor, and Chair in the Department of International Studies, Rhodes College (2000-2004).

During the last twenty-five years, Dr. Mora worked as a consultant to the Library of Congress, the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), the National Democratic Institute, U.S. State Department, the Organization of American States, and U.S. Southern Command. He has spoken at numerous conferences in the United States, Latin America and Europe. His opinion pieces and other commentaries have appeared in US and Latin American media outlets, including Americas Quarterly, Foreign Policy and Foreign Affairs.

Dr. Mora is the author or editor of four books, including Latin American and Caribbean Foreign Policy (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003), Paraguay and the United States: Distant Allies (University of Georgia Press, 2008) and Neighborly Adversaries: U.S. Latin American Relations (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015); and over forty-five academic and policy articles, book chapters and monographs on hemispheric security, U.S.-Latin American relations, civil-military relations, Cuban politics and military and Latin American foreign policy.

Dr. Mora graduated with a B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University in 1986. He received his M.A. in Inter-American Studies and a Ph.D. in International Affairs from the University of Miami. He also completed studies at universities in Peru and Costa Rica. He is a recipient of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service, Department of Defense (2012).