victoria.paniagua [at] duke.edu
Department of Political Science
140 Science Drive, 208 Gross Hall
Durham, NC 27708
I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at Duke University. My research lies at the intersection between comparative and international political economy, and centers on development, redistribution, and business-state relations in the developing world, with a special focus in Latin America.
I am broadly interested in explaining why some democracies develop and redistribute more than others. In my dissertation I approach this question by studying the historical roots of economic elites’ capacity to influence political outcomes. My study compares Argentina and Chile from their early stages of modernization (circa 1850s) until the late 20th century, and draws on over a century of original archival data on elites' personal networks and asset ownership, transcripts from parliamentary sessions, and roll-call data on key development and redistribution policies.
In other projects, I examine alternative factors that affect the prospects for development and redistribution: international financial markets' behavior, state capacity, voters' preferences, electoral competition, and clientelism.
Prior to studying at Duke I received B.A. and M.A. degrees in Political Science from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Argentina.