Claudia N. Avellaneda will dedicate her fellowship year to a book about assessing subnational government performance in the Latin American region. She will apply insights from political science, public policy, and public administration/management to develop models that identify the drivers of provincial performance. The book project will explore the performance effects of governors’ background characteristics, such as age, gender, education, experience, and political ambition. Besides studying governors’ roles, she will also investigate the performance effects of governors’ partisan alignment with presidents, and state and national legislators. She will assemble a rich data set covering the Brazilian and Mexican states, the Colombian, Paraguayan, and Bolivian departments, and the Ecuadorian provinces.
Avellaneda is an associate professor at the Indiana University O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Her main research interests include decentralization, innovation, governance, and public management in Latin American municipalities. In her field research, she conducts personal interviews and experimental analyses with Latin American mayors. Specifically, she explores the impact of mayors’ education, experience, networking, and political support on social service delivery, public finances, tax collection, and decision-making. She has extended this line of research to Brazilian, Honduran, Colombian, Chilean, Ecuadorian, Guatemalan, Mexican, Peruvian, and Salvadorian municipalities.