Camilo Nieto-Matiz

Comparative Politics

I am a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and a Graduate Affiliate at the Kellogg Institute of International Studies. My area of specialization is Comparative Politics with a regional focus on Latin America.

My research focuses on the intersection between violence, electoral politics, and state-building. My current work examines (i) the effects of landed elites and armed groups on patterns of violence during elections; and (ii) the emergence and breakdown of alliances between criminals and political actors in multiparty conflicts. Additionally, I am interested in understanding how both external pressures (i.e. foreign aid, waves of democratization) and domestic processes (i.e. collective action, institutions) affect the survival of autocratic regimes.

I hold a BA in Political Science (2009) from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia and a MA in Public Policy and Conflict Studies (2013) from the University of Erfurt in Germany.

Graduation anticipated 2019

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