Laura Neftaly López is a PhD student in Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. 

Laura received her BA in Communication Studies from ITESO University and a MA in Social Sciences from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO Mexico). Her research examines the intersection of political and criminal violence, corruption, and institutional design in Latin America, especially in Mexico. 

Previously, Laura has collaborated as a junior researcher in the Laboratory of Quantitative Methods in FLACSO Mexico and has instructed workshops on statistics and quantitative methods.

Laura’s MA dissertation analyzes the civil demands circumscribed in the religious ceremonies of a group of family members of disappeared persons in Coahuila, Mexico. She has presented the findings in this research at number conferences and publications.

Laura has delved into the documentation of the institutional changes that this group of people has promoted to support the search requirement for disappeared persons, such as the legal definition of the crime of disappearance of persons, design of police protocols to the immediate search for the disappeared and laws for the exhumation and identification of dead bodies. 

At Notre Dame, Laura wants to conduct further research on the effect that these institutional changes have had on impunity in crimes of disappearance of persons, as well as on the finding and identification of the disappeared.


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