Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Virginia Oliveros

Associate Research Fellow - Assistant Professor - Political Science

Virginia Oliveros joined the Political Science Department at Tulane University as an Assistant Professor this Fall.

She studies the political economy of developing countries, with a regional focus on Latin America. Her research interests include comparative political institutions, elections, and clientelism and patronage politics. Her current research focuses on one of the mechanisms that undermines the quality of democratic politics in developing countries – the political use of public employment. She is currently working on a book manuscript on this topic.

In May 2013, she received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University. She received her BA from Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina. During the 2012-2013 academic year, she was a Visiting Scholar in the Research Department at the Inter-American Development Bank.

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Contact Info


  • B.A., Universidad de Buenos Aires, Political Science, 2001
  • M.A., Columbia University, Political Science, 2006
  • M.Phil., Columbia University, Political Science, 2008
  • Ph.D., Columbia University, Political Science, 2013

Academic Experience

  • Preceptor, Columbia University, 2012
  • Teaching Assistant, Columbia University, 2007-2011
  • Teaching Assistant, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2001-2005

Research & Teaching Specializations: Political Economy of Development; Comparative Political Institutions; Elections; Clientelism and Patronage Politics

Related Experience

  • Visiting Scholar, Inter-American Development Bank, 2012-2013
  • Junior Consultant/Research Assistant, United Nations for Development Program, 2001


  • PhD Dissertation passed with distinction, Columbia University, 2013
  • University Fellow, Columbia University, 2005-2012
  • Center for the Study of Development Strategies Summer Grant, Columbia University, 2011


  • Spanish

Selected Publications

  • 2011. “Economic Constraints and Presidential Agency.” With María Victoria Murillo and Milan Vaishnav. In The Resurgence of the Latin American Left. Steven Levitsky and Kenneth Roberts, eds. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press.
  • 2010. “Electoral Revolution or Democratic Alternation?” With María Victoria Murillo and Milan Vaishnav. Latin American Research Review 45 (3): 87-114.
  • 2008. “La Legislatura de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires. Un estudio sobre las relaciones Ejecutive-Legislative en el nuevo marco institucional (1997-2000).” With Fernanda Araujo. Revista SAAP 3 (2): 353-393.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: Latin American Politics

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