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ABOUT US

We are developing innovative methodologies and data streams to not only generate scientific understanding about the causes, consequences, and dynamics of crime-related violence, but also how to best leverage that knowledge to restore peace, security, and the rule of law.

OUR TEAM

Current members

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Beatriz
Magaloni
Director of the Poverty, Violence, and Governance Lab
Personal Website

Beatriz Magaloni is Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University. She is also an affiliated faculty at the Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development. Her research interests fall into four themes: the study of authoritarian regimes; electoral and distributive politics; “traditional” forms of governance and non-state provision of public goods; and violence, public security and human rights. Much of her research has focused on Latin America.

She is the founding director of the Poverty, Violence, and Governance Lab. The Povgov Lab engages researchers and students — undergraduates, M.A. and Ph.D. candidates — from the fields of political science, education, economics, international policy studies, and engineering with the goal of finding solutions to problems of lawlessness and violence.

She is the author of Voting for Autocracy (2006, Cambridge University Press –winner of the Leon D. Epstein Outstanding Book Award for the best book written in the previous two years on parties and elections and the Best Book Award from the American Political Science Association’s Comparative Democratization Section). She is also the author of The Political Logic of Poverty Relief: Electoral Strategies and Social Policy in Mexico (2016, Cambridge University Press, co-authored with Alberto Diaz-Cayeros and Federico Estévez).

Her research has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution, World Development, Comparative Political Studies, Annual Review of Political Science, Latin American Research Review, International Journal of Educational Development, Latin American Politics and Society, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Journal of Theoretical Politics, and Política y Gobierno.

Beatriz Magaloni received her Ph.D. in political science from Duke University and obtained her Law degree from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

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Alberto
Díaz-Cayeros
Co-director
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Alberto Díaz-Cayeros is Senior Fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development and Rule of Law (CDDRL) and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Stanford University. His research interests include federalism, poverty relief, indigenous governance, the political economy of health, violence, and citizen security in Mexico and Latin America. He is the author of Federalism, Fiscal Authority and Centralization in Latin America (Cambridge, reedited 2016) and coauthor with Federico Estévez and Beatriz Magaloni of The Political Logic of Poverty Relief (Cambridge, 2016), as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters. He is currently working on a project concerning the developmental legacies of colonial rule and governance in indigenous communities in Mexico. In addition, he is the co-PI (with Beatriz Magaloni) of the project Citizen Trust and Evidence-Based Police Accountability and Professionalization in Mexico.

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Luis
Rodríguez
Data Scientist and Graduate Fellow

Luis A. Rodríguez is Data Scientist at Povgov. He is a PhD candidate in Political Science at Stanford University and is a pre-doctoral fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at the Freeman Spogli Institute during the 2019-2020 academic year. His work is focused on state capacity, organized crime, immigration, and the application of machine learning techniques to social science problems.

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Gustavo
Robles
Research Scholar

Gustavo Robles is Research Scholar at Povgov. He finished his PhD in Political Science at Stanford University in 2017 with specializations in Political Methodology and Comparative Politics. His PhD dissertation focused on the dynamics and consequences of drug-related violence in Mexico. His research interests include the economics of crime and violence in Latin America, the political economy of development, and legislative studies. He was also a pre-doctoral fellow at CDDRL from 2014-2015. Before attending Stanford, Gustavo worked at Evercore Partners as a financial advisor for states and municipalities in Mexico. He also worked as an economic analyst for the Mexican Minister of Finance and for the Center of Analysis and Economic Research at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). He holds a M.A. in Economics from Stanford University and a BA in Economics and Political Science from ITAM. He won the Ex ITAM Research Prize for the best undergraduate thesis in Political Science in 2009 and the Fulbright-García Robles Scholarship in 2008 (declined).

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Jonathan
Furszyfer
Academic Program Manager & Associate Researcher

Jonathan Furszyfer is Academic Program Manager & Associate Researcher at Povgov. Prior to joining Povgov, Jonathan served as Director of Security Research at México Evalúa; Associate Research Specialist at ESOC-Princeton University; Graduate Researcher at the Center for US-Mexican Studies in the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), as well as consultant and advisor to the World Bank, the Mexican federal government, and the private Sector. He is an alumni of the Empirical Studies of Conflict, as well as an affiliate with the ITAM-Mexican Center for Studies on Security, Intelligence and Governance, and the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network. His research focuses on police reform, criminal governance, immigration, and both survey and field experiments. Jonathan received his MPP from UCSD and his BA in political science (with honors) from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

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Belinda
Byrne
Program Manager
Belinda Byrne is grant administrator for the Poverty, Violence and Governance Lab. Prior to this role, she served for many years as executive director at the Freeman Spogli Institute, overseeing administration, finance, faculty affairs and institutional planning. Before that, she held management positions at Stanford’s Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine and at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. A graduate of UC Berkeley, she has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a master’s degree in Education/Learning Design and Technologies.
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Alice
Yiqian Wang
Graduate Fellow

Alice Yiqian Wang is Graduate Fellow at Povgov. She is a PhD candidate in Political Science at Stanford University and a graduate fellow with the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE). Her research is broadly concerned with immigration and citizenship policy in the United States and Europe. Currently, her work focuses on the dynamics of judicial decision-making in deportation and asylum proceedings, as well as on political control over the U.S. immigration courts. Alice holds a M.A. in Political and Legal Theory from the University of Warwick, which she attended on a US-UK Fulbright scholarship. She received her B.A. in Philosophy and Government from Smith College.

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Cesar
Vargas Nunez
Graduate Fellow

Cesar Vargas Nunez is Graduate Fellow at Povgov. He holds a BA (with honors) in Political Science from Pitzer College and is a current PhD Candidate in Stanford’s Political Science Department. Prior to Stanford, Cesar spent a year on a Fulbright conducting research on healthcare inequities in Spain and two years as a Research Assistant in San Diego State University’s Research Foundation. His current research interests are focused on the intersection of institutions, law and health. At Povgov, he is looking into the evolution of cartel behavior as these criminal organizations diversify their operations beyond drug-trade and into other criminal activities. This project will provide greater understanding into the changing behavior of cartels and its effects femicides, forced disappearances and mass graves. 

Previous collaborators

Cesángari
López
Associate Researcher
Sofía
Mac Gregor
Associate Researcher
Jonathan
Arriaga
Postdoctoral Student
Gabriela
Calderón
Postdoctoral Student
Brenda
Jarillo
Postdoctoral Student
Mónica
Terán
Postdoctoral Student
Stephanie
Giménez
Non-Stanford Pre-doctoral student
Alex
Ruíz
Non-Stanford Pre-doctoral student
Rosemarie
Sandino
Undergraduate Research Assistant
José
L. Sabau
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Catalina
Ramírez-Sáenz
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Jorge
Olarte
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Ana
C. Martins
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Alexis
Lynn Kallen
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Sarah
M. Goodman
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Lorenzo
M. de la Puente
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Julio
A. Contreras
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Eric
G. Cuevas
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Zaira
Razú
Graduate Affiliate
Jorge
Ramírez
Graduate Affiliate
Robert
Nelson
Graduate Affiliate
Veriene
Melo
Graduate Affiliate
Vanessa
Melo
Program Manager and Graduate Affiliate
César
Martínez
Graduate Affiliate
Juan
J. Lucci
Graduate Affiliate
Elisa
Labore
Graduate Affiliate
Edgar
Franco
Graduate Affiliate
Gustavo
Empinotti
Graduate Affiliate
Perla
Lizet González
Program Manager
Elena
Cryst
Program Manager
Vanessa
Melo
Program Manager and Graduate Affiliate