Brazilian congress and statue

The theme for this year’s Latin American Politics working group is “Political Hurdles in Latin America and the Caribbean.” This working group aims to unite graduate students interested in Latin American politics from both Duke and UNC in order to expose them to current advancements in Latin American Politics, emerging research in the field, and methods used by Latin American scholars in Political Science.  Working group activities will allow graduate students and faculty the opportunity to meet with scholars in the field and learn about their ongoing research projects, and will offer graduate students a forum to present their own research and receive feedback from fellow students and faculty.  Specifically the working group will organize seminars with guest speakers, meetings in which graduate students present their work, a mini-conference, and a book club.


Prof. Pablo Beramendi (Political Science, Duke,
Prof. Jonathan Hartlyn (Political Science, UNC,
Prof. Evelyne Huber (Political Science, UNC,
Prof. Herbert Kitschelt (Political Science, Duke,
Prof. Cecilia Martínez Gallardo (Political Science, UNC,
Prof. Santiago Olivella, (Political Science, UNC-Chapel Hill,
Prof. Karen Remmer (Political Science, Duke,
Prof. Livia Schubiger (Political Science, Duke, )
Prof. Erik Wibbels (Political Science, Duke,
Nicolás De la Cerda (Political Science, UNC)
Isabel Laterzo
(Political Science, UNC)
Mateo Villamizar Chaparro (Political Science, Duke)

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 24 @ 12pm

flyer for Agustina Paglayan event

Professor Paglayan has generously agreed to meet with students and faculty between 2-4pm via zoom. If you are interested in meeting Prof. Paglayan, please contact Nicolás de la Cerda ( We hope to see all of you there!


In many Western societies, mass education often expanded before democratization. Why did non-democracies expand mass schooling? This article develops a theory of education provision driven by civil conflict. Drawing on the history of Prussia, France, and Argentina, it argues that civil conflicts that made elites fearful of losing power helped crystallize elite support for mass education to promote social order through indoctrination. Consistent with this argument, difference-in-differences estimates document previously undetected pattern of primary education expansion following civil wars in Europe and Latin America. To better identify and explain the impact of civil conflict, the article exploits subnational variation in the exposure to the 1859 Chilean civil war. The analysis shows that following the war the central government expanded primary schooling in rebel provinces not as a concession but to teach obedience and respect for authority. The argument has implications for theories of education provision,  state-building, and autocratic politics.  

A copy of the manuscript can be found here:


Please register here to attend: Once registered, you will receive details as to how to connect to the Zoom meeting.

Past Events

Monday, October 26 @ 12pm

Lucas Novaes flyer

Wednesday, November 4 @ 1pm

image for Eduardo Moncada event