I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Universidad del Rosario (Bogotá, Colombia). Previously, I was a Visiting Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Affairs at the University of Notre Dame and a Postdoctoral Researcher in The Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice and the Politics Department at Princeton University.
I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University, where I also completed an M.S. in Statistics. Before coming to the U.S., I completed M.A. and B.A. degrees in Economics from the University of Los Andes in Colombia.
My research interests are in comparative politics and research methodologies. I investigate the political economy of inequality and development in Latin America and its relationship with violence. My interests in research methods are in the study of causal inference and measurement frameworks.
My work has been published or is forthcoming in the American Political Science Review and Sociological Methods and Research. Currently, I am writing a book entitled, "Trapped by Inequality: The Politics of Redistribution in Latin America", in which I identify the causes of economic inequality traps -i.e., high and persistent levels of economic inequality- in the region and explain why and how some countries manage to escape such traps and embark on paths of diminishing inequality.
These projects have been possible with funding from Kellogg Institute at the University of Notre Dame, The Mamdouha S. Bobst Center at Princeton University, The Buffett Institute, The Kellogg Dispute Resolution Research Center (DRRC), The Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Political Science Department at Northwestern University.
You can contact me through my email laura.garca[at]gmail[dot]com.