I am an Assistant Professor (Lecturer in UK terminology) in the Department of Government at the University of Essex. My research investigates the institutional sources of increasing protest demands, and the context under which some demands are more likely to materialize in protest than others. Specifically, I examine how citizens engage and make demands on their governments in the context of weak institutional accountability. I received my PhD in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2020.
Beyond the study of protest, I am also interested in and have an active research agenda on, attitudes towards democracy, political participation in autocracies, elections in Latin America, indigenous attitudes in Bolivia, and the informal sector across Latin American countries. Across those topics, I have publications at the British Journal of Political Science, Perspective on Politics, Journal of Democracy, Foreign Policy, World Development, and Revista Latinoamericana de Opinion Publica, as well as several projects in progress.
V. Ximena Velasco-Guachalla
Department of Government
University of Essex
Colchester Campus, United Kingdom