Kellogg Faculty Fellow Guillermo Trejo is associate professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame and faculty fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Trejo’s research focuses on social movements, organized crime, political violence and religion and politics in Latin America. He is the author of Popular Movements in Autocracies: Religion, Repression and Indigenous Collective Action in Mexico (Cambridge University Press, 2012), which won an honorable mention for the 2013 Charles Tilly Award from the American Sociological Association. Trejo is currently working on a project that seeks to explain the outbreak of criminal wars in Latin America’s new democracies.

Thematic Interests

Collective action and social movements; armed insurgencies, organized crime, and political violence; religion and ethnic politics



Journal Articles

"Federalismo, drogas y violencia: Por qué el conflicto partidista intergubernamental estimuló la violencia del narcotráfico en México” / " Federalism, drugs, and violence: Why intergovernmental partisan conflict stimulated inter-cartel violence in Mexico,”  Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas 23, 1 (2016)
"The Ballot and the Street: An Electoral Theory of Social Protest in Autocracies," Perspectives on Politics 12, 2 (2014)
"Religious Competition and Ethnic Mobilization in Latin America: Why the Catholic Church Promotes Indigenous Movements in Mexico," American Political Science Review 103, 3 (2009)

Book Chapters

"Violencia y politica en el Mexico del Bicentenario: Causas y consecuencias de la primera crisis de la democracia," in Rolando Cordera, ed., Historia Critica de las Modernizaciones en Mexico: Presente y Perspectivas (CIDE and Fondo de Cultura Economica, 2010)
Other Accomplishments & Recognitions

Upcoming Events


February 23 to February 24
2018 Human Development Conference
Conferences/Workshops, Undergraduate Programs
Abigail Midlige, Tommy Emmet
February 23
The Curious Case of Political Liberalization: A Step to Democratization or an Authoritarian Survival Strategy?
Working Groups, Comparative Politics Workshop
M. Tahir Kilavuz


February 26
Diálogo: Journalism, Violence, and Freedom of Speech in Mexico
Working Groups, Latin American History Working Group, Mexico Working Group
Katherine Corcoran, Gema Santamaría
February 26
Deadline: Experiencing the World (ETW) Fellowships
Deadlines, Undergraduate Programs
February 26
Deadline: Doctoral Research Grants