In celebrating our 40th anniversary, the Kellogg Institute has launched a new podcast series,
with doctoral student hosts interviewing scholars about their research. 


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Season 2

Counseling Women: Kinship Against Violence in India, with Anthropologist Julia Kowalski

Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellow and Keough School anthropologist Julia Kowalski presents results from her ethnographic research around the dynamics of  gender-based violence and counseling practices in northern India. In a conversation with Kellogg Doctoral Affiliate and peace studies/anthropology PhD student Jem Panganiban, Kowalski describes her use of an ideology of language framework to deconstruct the interactions between victims and perpetrators, as well as counselors and families, to understand practical and intuitive responses to violence.

Episode 2
Published: 2023-09-19
Length: 33:54
Host: Jem Panganiban


Women’s Economic Empowerment: Old and New Trends in Gender Economic Studies with Economist Lakshmi Iyer

Relying on her own research agenda in women’s economic empowerment, economist Lakshmi lyer lays out old and new trends in gender economic studies, highlighting lingering questions on whether economic autonomy increases women decision-making within households and in society at large across different realms. Iyer also introduces the new Kellogg Policy and Practice research lab “Building Inclusive Growth (BIG).” 

Episode 1
Published: 2023-08-21
Length: 32:04
Host: Grace Ortuzar

Season 1

Polarizing Polities: A Global Threat to Democracy, with Jennifer McCoy

Drawing from her professional experience in conflict resolution and academic work in comparative politics, political scientist Jennifer McCoy (Georgia State University) discusses the topic of “polarizing polities” in a conversation with Kellogg Doctoral Student Affiliate Jacob Turner.

Episode 08
Published: 2023-07-10
Length: 29:24
Host: Jacob Turner



The Theological Witness of Salvadoran Archbishop St. Oscar Romero with Theologian Todd Walatka

Interviewed by Kellogg Doctoral Student Affiliate Joachim Ozonze, theologian Todd Walatka introduces his work in progress on the thinking and witness of Salvadoran Archbishop St. Oscar Romero, who illustrates a way in which Catholic social teaching has been received and developed in Latin America.

Episode 07
Published: 2023-06-12
Length: 19:24
Host:  Joachim Ozonze

Democracy, Peacebuilding, and Development in Post-Accord Colombia with Political Scientist Juan Albarracín (Democracia, construcción de paz y desarrollo en la era de pos acuerdo en Colombia con el politólogo Juan Albarracín)

Interviewed by Kellogg Doctoral Student Affiliate Isabel Güiza-Gómez, political scientist Juan Albarracín (University of Illinois, Chicago) discusses lethal violence against grassroots leaders in Colombia after the signing of the 2016 peace agreement, which raises questions on the prospects for democracy, peace-building, and development in transitioning contexts. He provides us with an overview of the local trajectories and determinants of large-scale assassinations of grassroots leaders, who mobilize for peace, political inclusion, and economic redistribution in post-accord Colombia.

El politólogo Juan Albarracín (University of Illinois, Chicago) discute sobre la violencia letal contra líderes sociales en Colombia luego de la firma del acuerdo de paz en 2016, la cual genera preguntas sobre las posibilidades de democracia, construcción de paz y desarrollo en contextos de transición. Juan nos ofrece una perspectiva general sobre las trayectorias locales y los factores determinantes de los asesinatos a gran escala contra líderes sociales, quienes se movilizan por la paz, la inclusión política y la redistribución económica en la etapa del posacuerdo en Colombia.

Episode 06
Published: 2023-05-01
Length: 30:21
Host: Isabel Güiza-Gómez




The Kellogg Institute at its 40th Anniversary with Daniel Brinks

Interviewed by Kellogg Doctoral Affiliates Isabel Güiza-Gómez and Benjamín García Holgado, current Kellogg Advisory Board member Daniel Brinks discusses his long-standing connection to the Kellogg Institute, what he remembers of the Institute when he was an affiliated graduate student in the 1990s, how Kellogg has impacted research on Latin American politics, and where the Institute can further grow in the near future.

Episode 05
Published: 2023-04-17
Length: 14:17
Hosts: Benjamín García and Isabel Güiza-Gómez

The Kellogg Institute at its 40th Anniversary with Scott Mainwaring and Maria Rosa Olivera-Williams

Interviewed by Kellogg Institute PhD Fellow Benjamín García Holgado, faculty fellows Scott Mainwaring (former director of the Kellogg Institute) and Maria Rosa Olivera Williams (professor of Latin American literature) discuss their long relationship with the Kellogg Institute, what they remember of Kellogg when they joined in the 1980s, the impact that Kellogg has had on their scholarship, what distinguishes the Institute from other university institutes, and how they envision Kellogg moving forward.

Episode 04
Published: 2023-04-11
Length: 24:18
Host:  Benjamín García Holgado

Democratic Transitions and Large-Scale Criminal Violence with Political Scientist Guillermo Trejo (Transiciones democráticas y violencia criminal de larga escala con el politólogo Guillermo Trejo)

Interviewed by Kellogg Institute Doctoral Affiliates Mayra Ortiz and Laura López, political scientist Guillermo Trejo discusses how weak democratic transitions can lead to the outbreak of large-scale criminal violence, focusing on Mexico. He presents the main findings of his book co-authored along with Sandra Ley, “Votes, Drugs and Violence: The Political Logic of Criminal Wars in Mexico,” which offers evidence on the partisan logics of the ‘war on drugs’ and power fragmentation’s impacts on cartels’ and state’s incentives in engaging with violence.

En una entrevista con las estudiantes doctorales Mayra Ortiz y Laura López, el politólogo Guillermo Trejo discute la forma en que las transiciones democráticas débiles pueden llevar al surgimiento de la violencia criminal a larga escala, a partir del caso mexicano. Guillermo presenta los principales hallazgos de su libro en coautoría con Sandra Ley, “Votos, Drogas y Violencia. La lógica política de las guerras criminales en México”, el cual ofrece evidencia sobre las lógicas partidistas de la ‘guerra contra las drogas’ y los efectos de la fragmentación del poder en los incentivos de los carteles y el estado para usar la violencia.


Episode 03
Published: 2023-03-27
Length: 26:22
Hosts: Mayra Ortiz and Laura López



Racial and Religious Self-Governance in the Spanish Atlantic World with Historian Karen Graubart

Interviewed by Kellogg PhD Fellows Aitor Valdesogo and Juan Vargas, historian Karen Graubart, who is a Kellogg Institute faculty fellow, introduces her recently published book, "Republics of Difference: Religious and Racial Self-Governance in the Spanish Atlantic World" (Oxford University Press, 2022). The result of more than 15 years of research, this book explores the mechanisms of self-governance that racialized and/or non-Christian communities put into practice in 15th-century Seville and 16th-17th century Lima.

Episode 02
Published: 2023-03-13
Length: 27:35
Hosts: Aitor Valdesogo and Juan Vargas


Democratic Development and Decline with Political Scientist Michael Coppedge


Interviewed by Kellogg Doctoral Affiliates Benjamín García and Isabel Güiza-Gómez, political scientist and Kellogg Faculty Fellow Michael Coppedge discusses the foundational question of why some countries escape autocratic rule and strengthen democracy while others remain trapped. He introduces his recently co-authored book Why Democracies Develop and Decline, which offers evidence on democratization, democratic consolidation, and democratic backsliding, drawing on data assembled from the Varieties of Democracy Project (V-Dem).

Episode 01
Published: 2023-02-21
Length: 25:22
Hosts:  Benjamín García and Isabel Güiza-Gómez