Prior to joining UT Austin in 1991, she held teaching positions at the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Texas at El Paso. She was also a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge and has served as a consultant for the World Bank.
Professor Rodríguez received a bachelors degree from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Her scholarly work has focused on governance, democratization, and political change in Mexico. In addition to numerous books, articles, and book chapters on Mexican politics and public policy, she is the author of Decentralization in Mexico: From Reforma Municipal to Solidaridad to Nuevo Federalismo (1997). Her current work includes path-breaking research and two books on women in Mexican politics: Womens Participation in Mexican Political Life (1998) and Women in Contemporary Mexican Politics (2003). Her books have also been published in Spanish in revised and updated editions.