I am a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, a PhD Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and Graduate Associate in Learning Research at the Kaneb Center for Teaching Excellence. I am also honored to be the recipient of a Notre Dame Presidential Fellowship.
My research agenda focuses on regime change, populism, judicial politics, Latin American politics, and qualitative methods. More specifically, I am interested in (1) conceptualizing contemporary processes of democratic erosion, (2) explaining the strategies populist leaders use to dismantle democracy, (3) showing what strategies political parties, civil society actors, and judges can implement to stop executive encroachment, and (4) case study methodology and qualitative data-gathering techniques. My dissertation investigates how the sequence and timing of populists’ attacks against democratic institutions contribute to explaining the extent of democratic erosion. By comparing Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia, and Argentina and using multiple primary and secondary sources, I show that populist leaders in control of the executive can erode liberal democracy’s components when they begin to either co-opt or neutralize apex-courts early on.
I hold a BA in Political Science (Universidad de San Andrés) and an MA in Political Science (Universidad Torcuato Di Tella). Before coming to Notre Dame, I taught at several universities in Buenos Aires (2011-2017), and I gained research experience as well as financial support from Argentina’s Ministry of Science and Technology (2012-2017).
Fellows Research Spotlight: Meet Kellogg Visiting Fellows and PhD Candidates
Democratization Theory Research Cluster Workshop
PhD Fellow Benjamin Garcia-Holgado Accepts Position with University of Delaware
Jan 4, 2023
Congratulations to Kellogg Institute PhD Fellow Benjamin Garcia-Holgado, who has secured a position with the University of Delaware. He will begin his position as an assistant professor of comparative politics in the fall of 2023.
‘We Were Panicking’: Grad Students Forced to Make Tough Decisions During COVID
Jun 10, 2021
Three Kellogg doctoral affiliates, all comparative political scientists and all working far from home when the pandemic hit, spoke about how COVID has affected their lives and their work in the past 15 months.