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Claudia LópezClaudia López

Colombian journalist and political analyst
PhD candidate, Northwestern University

Claudia López is a renowned Colombian journalist and political analyst. Her research on the close links between paramilitaries and Colombian politicians, including congressmen and high-ranking national figures, was decisive in uncovering the so-called “parapolitica” scandal.

Bridging the divide between academia and civil society activism, López has been an active member and researcher at the Misión de Observación Electoral (MOE), an NGO promoting citizen monitoring of electoral processes in Colombia, and at the Nuevo Arco Iris, a think tank studying the relationship between violence and politics in Colombia. She was a fellow of the Yale World Fellows Program (2009) and a recipient of the J. William Fulbright Scholarship.

Currently pursuing a PhD in political science at Northwestern University, López holds an MA in public administration and urban planning from Columbia University.

Tuesday, February 26
Graduate Student Workshop

"Conflict and State Building in Colombia"

Discussant: Guillermo Trejo, Associate Professor of Political Science and Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellow, University of Notre Dame

6:00pm—For more information: Juan Albarracín Dierolf at

Wednesday, February 27
Measuring Democracy Working Group Lecture

"Criminal Politics, a Comparative Perspective"

4:30pm—Room C103 Hesburgh Center

For more information: Rodrigo Castro Cornejo at




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