School of Social Sciences


Bio Image Cliff Staten

Cliff Staten

Professor of Political Science and International Studies
Coordinator of International Studies
Phone: (812) 941-2691
Office Location: CV 020

Academic Background

University of North Texas
Country: United States
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Major: Political Science
Marshall University
Country: United States
Degree: Master of Arts
Major: Political Science
Marshall University
Country: United States
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Major: Political Science
Minor: Economics


Cliff has written two books: The History of Cuba (Greenwood Press, 2003) and The History of Nicaragua (ABC-CLIO, 2010) and is working on the forthcoming Historical Dictionary of Nicaragua (Scarecrow Press). He has published scholarly articles on a wide variety of topics including US foreign policy decision making, Hezbollah, 9-11, and IMF economic conditionality agreements. His most recent research on the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia focuses on how this revolutionary/terrorist organization adapts to changing political environments. Cliff led IU Southeast students on a study abroad program in Cuba in the summer of 2012. He advises IU Southeast students who participate in college-level Model United Nations and Model Arab League programs and directs a high school model UN on the IU Southeast campus. He has received the IU Southeast Distinguished Teaching Award, the IU Southeast Distinguished Research Award, and the IU Southeast Chancellor’s Award for Diversity. Cliff served as Dean of the School of Social Sciences from 1998 to 2010.

FACET Member

Distinguished Teaching Award 1996

Professional Interests

  • Latin American Politics
  • International Political Economy
  • Terrorism
  • US Foreign Policy Decision-Making
  • Nicaraguan and Cuban Political Economy
  • Terrorist Groups