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Laura Gamboa
University of Utah
Department of Political Science
laura.gamboa@utah.edu

Peer Reviewed Articles

Appointments

Santo Domingo Visiting Fellow

David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (Harvard University)
2023-2024

Assistant Professor of Political Science

University of Utah
2020 - present

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Utah State University
2016-2020

Education

Ph.D. in Political Science

University of Notre Dame

Dissertation title: Opposition at the Margins: The Erosion of Democracy in Latin America

Recipient of the 2017 Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Graduate School Award in Social Sciences

2016

M.A. in Political Science

University of Notre Dame
2012

M.A. in Latin American Studies

University of Texas at Austin
2010

B.A. with Honors in History

Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá
2007

Publications

Book

Resisting Backsliding: Opposition Strategies against the Erosion of Democracy. Cambridge University Press. 2022

Recipient of the 2022 Donna Lee Van Cott Award for best book in political institutions (Political Institutions Section - LASA)

Peer Reviewed Articles

"When Handpicked Successors of Charismatic Leaders Prosper: The Surprising Success of Juan Manuel Santos in Colombia" with Caitlin Andrews-Lee in Democratization 29(6). 2022

"Corte al Congreso: Poder judicial y trámite legislativo en Colombia" with Sandra Botero in Latin American Research Review 34(2). 2022

"Who Undermines the Peace at the Ballot Box? The Case of Colombia" with Anna O. Pechenkina in _Terrorism and Political Violence. 34(2). 2022

"Are all Types of Wrongdoing Created Equal in the Eyes of Voters?" with Sandra Botero, Rodrigo Castro Cornejo, Nara Pavāo, and David Nickerson. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties. 31(2). 2021

"Under Friendly Fire: Partisan Press, Political Fragmentation and Candidate Evaluations in Argentina" with Sandra Botero, Rodrigo Castro Cornejo, Nara Pavao and David Nickerson in Electoral Studies 60, August 2019

"El reajuste de la derecha colombiana. El éxito electoral del uribismo" in Colombia Internacional, 99 , July 2019, pp. 187-214

"Opposition at the Margins: Strategies Against The Erosion of Democracy in Colombia and Venezuela" in Comparative Politics 49, No 4, July 2017.

"Says Who? An Experiment on Allegations of Corruption and Credibility of Sources" with Sandra Botero, Rodrigo Castro-Cornejo, Nara Pavao and David Nickerson in Political Research Quarterly 68, no. 3 (September 1, 2015)

Invited Articles

"How Oppositions Fight Back" Journal of Democracy, 34 No. 3, 2023

"Polarizacion(es), populismo(s) y democracia(s) with Mauricio Jaramillo Jassir in Desafíos 34(2). 2022

"Latin Americas Shifting Politics: The Peace Process and Colombia’s Elections" Journal of Democracy, 29 No. 4, October 2018, pp. 54-64

"Venezuela: Aprofundamento do autoritarismo ou transição para a democracia?" in Relações Internacionais: Edição Especial: A crise da democracia. No. 52 (Dezembro 2016)

Book Chapters

"The Uneven Success of Uribismo in Colombia" with Juan Albarracín and Juan Pablo Milanese in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. (Forthcoming).

"Parties and Regime Change in Latin America" in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. February 2020.

"De-Institutionalization without Collapse: Colombia’s Party System" with Juan Albarracín and Scott Mainwaring in Latin American Party Systems: Institutionalization, Decay and Collapse. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018

"Desde dos flancos: hacia una reconfiguración de la oposición en Colombia" with Juan Pablo Milanese in Elecciones presidenciales y de Congreso en Colombia 2014: Representaciones fragmentadas y reconfiguraciones del sistema político colombiano. Bogotá: Fundación Konrad Adenauer, 2015

"Alfredo Vásquez Carrizosa y el Comité Permanente por la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos" with Manuel Domingo Trujillo in Derechos Humanos en Colombia 25 Años. Bogotá, Comité Permanente por la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos, 2004

Book Reviews

"Review of The Fates of Political Parties: Institutional Crisis, Continuity, and Change in Latin America. By Jennifer Cyr & State Crisis in Fragile Democracies: Polarization and Political Regimes in South America. By Samuel Handlin." Perspectives on Politics, 17(3), 907-909.

Working Papers

"Public Opinion and Transitional Justice in Colombia" with Juan Albarracín

"How to Overpower a Populist: The Defiant Presidencies of Juan Manuel Santos and Lenín Moreno" with Caitlin Andrews-Lee.

Other Publications

"Why Venezuela’s Regime Hasn’t Collapsed," Foreign Affairs, May 30, 2019

"The Venezuelan Opposition’s (Surprising) Rise from the Ashes," IACL_AIDC Blog, May 1, 2019

"Venezuela is getting a new constitution whether the people want it or not" with Raúl Sànchez-Urribarri, The Conversation, July 23, 2017

"Venezuela has lost its democratic facade," The Conversation, April 12, 2017

"Venezuela on the verge of dictatorship: Can dialogue or demonstrations turn it around?" with Raúl Sànchez-Urribarri, The Conversation, December 16, 2016

"To Talk or Not to Talk? Debating Opposition Strategies in Venezuela," Global Observatory, November 22, 2016

Teaching Experience

Cross-University Course on Democratic Erosion

Utah State University
Spring 2019, 2020

Theory in Comparative Politics (Graduate Seminar)

Utah State University
Fall 2017, Spring 2019

Global Issues

Utah State University
Spring 2017

Latin American Government and Politics

Utah State University
Fall 2016 and 2018, Spring 2019 and 2020

United States and Latin America

Utah State University
Fall 2016, 2017, 2018

Research Methods in Political Science

University of Notre Dame
Spring 2015

Other

Political Science Department Statistical Consultant

2011-2013

Awards, Fellowships and Grants

Awards

Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Graduate School Award in Social Sciences

Graduate School, University of Notre Dame
2017

Grants

CARE Award

College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Utah State University
2017

Professional Development Award

Graduate School, University of Notre Dame
2011 and 2012

Professional Development Award

College of Liberal Arts, University of Notre Dame
2011 and 2012

Tinker Summer Research Grant

Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies, University of Texas
2009

Fellowships

Dissertation Year Fellowship

Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame
2015-2016

Dissertation Year Fellowship

Department of Political Science, University of Notre Dame
2013-2014

Kellogg Institute PhD Fellowship

Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame
2010-2015

Ana Mae Ford Foundation Fellowship

Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies, University of Texas
2009

Teresa Lozano Long Fellowship

Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies, University of Texas
2008-2010

Presentations

Invited Talks

5th Hemispheric Security Conference: "Crisis in Venezuela Continues (Panelist)"

Gordon Institute for Public Policy - Florida International University
May 2020

"The Right in Latin America (Workshop)"

Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago de Chile, Chile
October 2018

"Chávez’s Venezuelan Revolution: What Happened?" with Sam Handlin

Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
October 2017

"Venezuela’s Crisis: What is happening, what can be done and why should we care?" with Kirk Hawkins and Sam Handlin

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
September 2017

"Opposition at the Margins: The Erosion of Democracy in Latin America"

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
February 2017

"Says Who?: The Impact of Sources of Corruption Accusations in Colombia"

Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá-Colombia
2014

Conferences

"Partisan Succession in Charismatic Movements"

American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Washington DC
2019

"How to Overpower a Populist: Democratizing Efforts in Colombia"

Latin American Studies Association Conference, Bosto, MA
2019

"‘Chávez Vete Ya’: The Erosion of Democracy in Venezuela"

American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA
2018

"Preventing the Erosion of Democracy in Colombia"

Latin American Studies Association Conference, Barcelona, España
2018

"Public Opinion and Support for Transitional Justice in Colombia"

American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA
2017

"The Glass Half Full: Deepening Authoritarianism or Beginning a Transition to Democracy?"

Latin American Studies Association Conference, Lima, Perú
2017

"How We Fight: The Erosion of Democracy in Venezuela"

Latin American Studies Association Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2015

"Partisan Press, Political Fragmentation and Candidate Evaluations in Argentina"

Midwest Political Science Conference, Chicago, IL.
2014

"The Dynamics of Erosion of Democracy in Latin America"

Latin American Studies Association Conference, Chicago, IL.
2014

"Legitimate Autocrats: The Dynamics of Erosion of Democracy in Latin America"

ECPR Joint Sessions Workshop, Salamanca, Spain
2014

"Campaigning with Empty Pockets: Why the Liberal Party Wins Regional Elections in Colombia"

Asociación Latinoamericana de Ciencia Política, Bogotá, Colombia
2013

"Says Who? The Impact of Sources of Corruption Accusations in Colombia"

Midwest Political Science Conference, Chicago, IL.
2013

"Campaigning with Empty Pockets: Why the Liberal Party Wins Regional Elections in Colombia"

Latin American Studies Association Conference, San Francisco, CA.
2012

Research Experience

Field Research in Colombia

2009,2013

Field Research in Venezuela

2014

Professional Development

Advanced Teaching Scholar Certificate

Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Notre Dame.
2016

Striving for Excellence in Teaching Certificate

Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Notre Dame.
2015

Institute for Qualitative and Multimethods Research

Maxwell School, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.
2013

ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods for Social Research

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
2011 and 2012

Skills and Languages

Skills

Statistical Analysis: Stata, R (basic knowledge), M-Plus (basic knowledge)

Languages

Spanish (Native)

English (Fluent)

Professional Service

Service to the Discipline

Peer reviewer for AJPS, Comparative Politics, Government and Opposition, Latin American Research Review, Revista de Ciencia Política, and Colombia Internacional

Panel Organizer APSA

2018

Book Discussant SPSA

2018

Panel Discussant LASA

2017

Panel Chair LASA

2017

Service to Utah State University

Comparative Politics Search Committee

2017

Comparative Politics Search Committee

2016

M.A. thesis committee chair (two students)

2016-2019

M.A. thesis committee member (three students)

2016-2019

Professional Associations

Member, American Association of Political Science

Member, Latin American Political Science Association

References

Scott Mainwaring
Kellogg Institute for International Studies
University of Notre Dame
(574) 631-3487
David Nickerson
Political Science Department
Temple University
Michael Coppedge
Kellogg Institute for International Studies
University of Notre Dame
(574) 631-7036