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The theme for this year’s Latin American Politics working group is “Political Reconfiguration in Latin America: Public Opinion and Political Economy.” 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, new scholarship in the field, and state of the art 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. Cecilia Martínez Gallardo (Political Science, UNC,
Prof. Santiago Olivella, (Political Science, UNC-Chapel Hill,
Prof. Livia Schubiger (Political Science, Duke, )
Prof. Erik Wibbels (Political Science, Duke,
Nicolás De la Cerda (Political Science, UNC),
Ayélen Vanegas
(Political Science, UNC),
Mateo Villamizar Chaparro (Political Science, Duke),

Upcoming Events

Friday, Nov 4 @ 3 p.m. | Hamilton Hall 271, UNC-Chapel Hill

Partisan Dehumanisation in Brazil

With Prof. David Samuels, Distinguished McKnight Professor, University of Minnesota

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Past Events

Wednesday, April 6 @ 6 p.m.

Latecomer State Formation

Latin American Politics Book Club

We discussed Prof. Mazzuca’s book, Latecomer State Formation, on April 6th at 6 pm via zoom. We expect participants to have read the book beforehand. Prof. Mazzuca made some remarks about his book, and then held a Q&A session for participants to ask questions about the book. Email for more info.

Friday, Jan 28 @ 10 a.m.

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Doubt the Messenger: The reputation cost of fact-checking. 

Ernesto Calvo is the director of the Interdisciplinary Lab for Computational Social Science (iLCSS) and a Professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland. He researches comparative political institutions, social media, political representation, and social networks. His work lies at the intersection of big data, survey experiments, and institutions.

Monday, Sept 27 @ 4 p.m.

Dr. Lagunes’ new book The Eye & the Whip: Corruption Control in the Americas (Oxford University Press) argues that corruption vulnerabilities exist where government officials have power over the provision of goods and the imposition of costs. Corruption vulnerabilities turn to actual threats when officials calculate that the benefits of abusing their power are greater than the penalties associated with getting caught. By a similar logic, the formula for corruption control requires increasing the probability of detecting deviations from officially sanctioned roles through enhanced monitoring (what he refers to as the eye), and then applying the appropriate penalty in response to wrongdoing (the whip). However, across Latin America, the common policy response to corruption often emphasizes only the first of the two mechanisms. In the book he analyzes the results of three field experiments on corruption control conducted in the City of Queretaro in Central Mexico, urban and peri-urban districts in Peru, and New York City.

Wednesday, Feb 24 @ 12pm

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Monday, October 26 @ 12pm

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Wednesday, November 4 @ 1pm

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