victoria.paniagua [at] eui.eu
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. Starting in the Fall of 2020, I will be an Assistant Professor in political economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. My research lies at the intersection between comparative and international political economy, and centers on the historical and contemporary drivers of development and redistribution.
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. 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.
Prior to coming to the European University Institute, I earned my Ph.D. in Political Science at Duke University (2018) and I was a Visiting Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame (2018-2019).