Walt Vanderbush

Contact Information

photo of Walt Vanderbush123 MacMillan Hall
Oxford, OH 45056
(513) 529-2018


Associate Professor, Chair
Global and Intercultural Studies (Coordinator, Latin American, Latino/a, and Caribbean Studies)


PhD, Northwestern University


Dr. Vanderbush teaches courses on various topics related to US-Latin American relations, Latinos in the United States, and Latin American politics, economy, and society; he has also gone with groups of students to Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, and Venezuela.

Walt has been nominated for both Miami University's Effective Educator and Outstanding Professor Awards.

He is currently part of a team that received a Provost's grant for interdisciplinary work to expand community-based education for Miami students in Cincinnati.


Walt Vanderbush's original research was focused on Mexican political economy, and he published articles on labor unions and other examples of popular organizing that grew out of his dissertation fieldwork in Puebla, Mexico.

Walt shifted his attention to US-Cuba policy next, and with co-author Pat Haney published several journal articles and book chapters. Their work culminated with the 2005 book, The Cuban Embargo: Domestic Politics of American Foreign Policy.

Next Walt's research moved to US-Latin American relations and US foreign policy making more generally, with publications in the journals New Political Science, Foreign Policy Analysis, and New Politics, as well as a chapter in the 2014 book, Diaspora Lobbies and the US Government: Convergence and Divergence in Making Foreign Policy.

His current research is on Caribbean political economy with co-author, Melanie Ziegler. They have a forthcoming chapter on Cuban agriculture in an edited book, The Ecopolitics of Consumption: The Food Trade, and they are working on their own book manuscript looking at the Greater Antilles' countries of the Caribbean.