I am a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and a PhD Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. My main areas of research focus on conflict and violence, political regimes, and local governance, with a regional focus on Latin America. My methodological interests center on causal inference, experimental designs, machine learning, and network analysis.

My primary work broadly explores the causes and consequences of local orders in violent contexts: how criminal governance emerges and varies across regions, its political and economic consequences, and the conditions under which democratic institutions prevent or promote criminal violence during electoral cycles.

In a second line of research, I examine the causes and effects of political institutions. These projects investigate the conditions under which parties hold primaries in developing countries, why authoritarian elites allow for multiple parties, and how legislative networks increase lawmakers’ success in Latin American multiparty congresses. Prior to Notre Dame, I received an M.A. in Political Science from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella and a B.A. in Political Science from Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA). My research has been supported by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, UBA and the Argentina’s national science foundation (CONICET).

My work has been published in Legislative Studies Quarterly (LSQ).

Skigin, Natán. “Predicting Large-Scale Violence in Criminal Wars.” In progress.

Journal Articles

Nieto-Matiz, Camilo and Natán Skigin. “The Unintended Consequences of Democratic Reforms: Electronic Voting and Criminal Violence in Brazil”. In progress.

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