Position: Professor of political science at Brooklyn College and of the Criminal Justice Doctoral Program and the Liberal Arts Masters Program of the CUNY Graduate Center
Research Interests: Latin America, security and judicial reform, violence, human rights, international and comparative criminology
Professor Mark Ungar is Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, and of Criminal Justice at the Graduate Center. His publications include five books and over 40 articles on police reform, citizen security, human rights, and violence. He serves as an advisor on citizen security with the United Nations, Inter-American Development Bank, governments, and NGOs in Latin America; and is a commissioner at the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE). Current initiatives include helping draft arms control regulations with the Congress of Honduras; crafting post-transition police reform with political oppositions in Venezuela and Nicaragua; and helping expand environmental policing in the Amazon Basin. He has received grants and fellowships from the Ford, Tinker, Henkel, and Tow Foundations; the Woodrow Wilson International Center, and the National Democratic Institute’s Latin American Political Leadership program. He is an adjunct professor at the Universidad Nacional in Argentina and was the Dae Chang International Visiting Scholar at Michigan State University.
Mark Ungar, ed. The 21st Century Fight for the Amazon: Environmental Enforcement in the World’s Biggest Rainforest (Palgrave, 2018).
This book is the most updated and comprehensive look at efforts to protect the Amazon, home to half of the world’s remaining tropical forests. In the past five years, the Basin’s countries have become the cutting edge of environmental enforcement through formation of constitutional protections, military operations, stringent laws, police forces, judicial procedures and societal efforts that together break through barriers that have long restrained decisive action. Even such advances, though, struggle to curb devastation by oil extraction, mining, logging, dams, pollution, and other forms of ecocide. In every country, environmental protection is crippled by politics, bureaucracy, unclear laws, untrained officials, small budgets, regional rivalries, inter-ministerial competition, collusion with criminals, and the global demand for oils and minerals. Countries are better at creating environmental agencies, that is, than making sure that they work. This book explains why, with country studies written by those on the front lines—from national enforcement directors to biologists and activists.