victoria.paniagua [at] duke.edu
Department of Political and Social Sciences
European University Institute
Via della Badia dei Roccettini 9
50014 Fiesole (FI) - Italy
I am a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute. I earned my Ph.D. in Political Science at Duke University in 2018. My research lies at the intersection between comparative and international political economy, and centers on the historical and contemporary drivers of development and redistribution. In my work, I leverage original data that range from primary archival sources to household surveys, and combine diverse methodological approaches, including experimental methods, network analysis and comparative historical narratives.
My dissertation, “Protecting Capital: Economic Elites, Asset Portfolio Diversification and the Politics of Distribution”, is the 2019 recipient of the Mancur Olson Award for the Best Dissertation in Political Economy in the previous two years given by the American Political Science Association. A paper derived from one of its empirical chapters has received the Early Career Award for the best paper delivered by a graduate student at the 2018 Midwest Political Science Association conference. This work, which is the backbone of my current book project, studies why, how, and to what extent economic elites influence developmental and redistributive policies. Empirically, it examines the long history of elites in Argentina and Chile drawing on over a century of original individual- and subnational-level archival data on economic elites' inter-personal networks, asset ownership, transcripts from parliamentary sessions, roll-call votes and census data.
In other projects, I examine alternative factors that affect the prospects for development and redistribution: international financial markets' behavior, state capacity, voters' preferences, clientelism, and corruption.
Prior to coming to the European University Institute, I was a Visiting Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at Notre Dame University (2018-2019) and an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Graduate Fellow (2017-2018).