María Luisa Paúl Rangel is a native of Caracas, Venezuela. Living under Venezuela’s current political, economic, and social situation propelled Paúl Rangel’s interest in international development, democratization, and foreign policy, and inspired her to understand the mechanisms of her country’s democratic erosion. Given her research interests, Paúl Rangel will be assisting Professor Michael Coppedge in his research project consisting of an international process tracing Venezuela’s efforts to export the Bolivarian model throughout Latin America.

Political Science
Gallivan Program for Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy
Current Research

Research Interests
I am interested in Latin American politics, particularly in Venezuela. Moreover, I am interested in understanding the factors that can undermine and deteriorate democracy, as well as the conditions under which it is able to flourish. Other interests include the role of diasporas in rebuilding countries and the link between women empowerment and development.

Current Research
The project consists on an international process tracing of Venezuela’s efforts to export the “Bolivarian” model throughout Latin America. I am focused on finding evidence of Venezuela’s efforts by researching the country’s relations with other countries, its treaties and other international agreements, etc.


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