Angélica Durán-Martínez is an associate professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Her research focuses on organized crime, political and criminal violence, and the state in Latin America. Durán-Martínez is the author of The Politics of Drug Violence: Criminals, Cops, and Politicians in Colombia and Mexico (Oxford University Press, 2018), winner of the best book prize from the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime, and the Peter Katzenstein award for best first book in international relations, comparative politics, or political economy. She has also published in numerous journals including Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Latin American Politics and Society, Comparative Political Studies, and Crime, Law and Social Change.

Durán-Martínez earned a PhD in Political Science at Brown University and an MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from New York University.