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German Petersen

MA, Political Science, El Colegio de México

German Petersen



Corruption, anti-corruption, democratization, political participation, and development


German Petersen is a Ph.D. candidate at The University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Government, specialized in comparative politics and public policy. His main areas of interest are corruption, anti-corruption, democratization, political participation, and development, with focus on Mexico and Latin America. He is also a teaching assistant at The University of Texas at Austin.

He has published or has forthcoming academic articles in Latin American Politics and Society, Gestión y Política Pública, POSTDataForo Internacional, and other journals. He has also written for the Washington Post’s blog featuring political scientists, The Monkey Cage, as well as for leading Mexican magazines and newspapers.

Currently, he is a Fulbright-García Robles Scholar and a ConTex Fellow. His studies and research have also been funded by The University of Texas at Austin, the Mexican National Council for Science and Technology (Conacyt), the Mexican Ministry of Education (SEP), and the Consortium for Qualitative Research Methods (CQMR). He also received the E.D. Farmer International Fellowship.

Before beginning doctoral studies, he worked for Transparencia Mexicana, the Mexican chapter of Transparency International, and as a research assistant in several Mexican universities.

He holds a B.A. in Politics and Public Management (honors) from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO) and an M.A. in Political Science from El Colegio de México (Colmex). He received additional methodological training at the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (IQMR) at Syracuse University.

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