University of Louisville
Julie Bunck is Professor of Political Science at the University of Louisville. A three-time Fulbright Scholar (Mexico, Japan, and Central America), she has served since 2002 as the University’s Distinguished Honors Professor. Her books have been assigned at various universities, including Stanford and Princeton, and her signature work, Fidel Castro and the Quest for a Revolutionary Culture in Cuba, long led the list of the twenty best books on the Cuban revolution compiled by Questia, the world’s largest on-line library. Peter Andreas of Brown University wrote of her most recent book, Bribes, Bullets, and Intimidation: Drug Trafficking and the Law in Central America (co-authored with Professor Michael Fowler): “It will instantly become the reference book for understanding the role of Central America in the international drug trade and the profound impact of the trade on the countries of the region…. [A]nyone who fails to cite this book when writing about drug trafficking in Central America will provoke raised eyebrows.” In 2016 the University of Louisville awarded Professor Bunck the highest honor given to faculty members, the Trustees Award, in recognition of her extraordinary impact on students. Louisville students have nominated Julie Bunck as a Faculty Favorite on six occasions, and Louisville athletes as a Faculty Mentor on three. Named the Outstanding Faculty Mentor by the U of L Athletics Department, Julie Bunck has also been awarded the Presidential Exemplary Multicultural Teaching Award. A former college basketball player (Kansas State University), Professor Bunck is an avid runner and rider. When not teaching, she can usually be found tending to her southern Indiana horse farm, located within the Hoosier National Forest in southern Indiana, or chasing after her four teen-aged children.