Ana Arjona

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University. I am also co-editor of the journal Perspectives on Politics and Founding Director of the Network of Studies on Drugs in Latin America (REDESDAL). I obtained my PhD in political science from Yale University (with distinction), and have been a fellow at the Earth Institute at Columbia University and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. I was the director of the Center for the Study of Security and Drugs at Los Andes University in Bogota, Colombia (2018-2019), where I was a visiting professor at the School of Economics.

My research investigates the dynamics and legacies of institutional change and individual behavior in contexts of organized violence, especially civil wars and organized crime, as well as local governance, state building, and the foundations of political order. 

My work has been funded by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the SSRC, the United States Institute of Peace, Yale University, Columbia University, and Northwestern University in the U.S.; the International Development Research Centre in Canada; the Folke Bernadotte Academy in Sweden; and the Department for International Development, the Economic and Social Research Council, and the Global Challenges Research Fund in the U.K. 


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