This profile was current as of 2023, when she was part of the on-campus Kellogg community.

Kellogg Institute Visiting Fellow Natália S. Bueno is an assistant professor of political science at Emory University. Her research interests are in comparative politics, public policy, elections, misinformation, and inequality. 

At Kellogg, Bueno will complete revisions to her book manuscript based on her dissertation about nonstate welfare provision in Latin America, which seeks answers regarding why governments delegate welfare provisions to nonstate, nonprofit organizations.

Her research has been published or is forthcoming at the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, World Politics, and Latin American Research Review. Her dissertation was the 2019 recipient of the Harold D. Lasswell Award for best dissertation in the field of public policy and the 2018 James G. March award by Yale’s Political Science Department. Other published papers received an honorable mention for the Sérgio Buarque de Holanda Award from Latin American Studies Association's Brazil Section for the best article in the social sciences and the 2021 Best Public Policy Paper by APSA's Public Policy Section. 

Bueno’s research has been supported by funding from Facebook, MIT Gov/Lab, Emory's Global Health Institute, the Institute of Applied Economics (IPEA), the National Research Council (CNPq), and the SciBr Foundation, among others.

She earned a PhD in political science and an MA in international development economics from Yale University. She also holds an MA in political Science from the University of São Paulo (USP) and a BA from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG).