Juan Guillermo Albarracín Dierolf is currently an external research affiliate of the Kellogg Institute's Notre Dame Violence and Transitional Justice Lab (V-TJLab).
The below profile was current as of 2018, when he was part of the on-campus Kellogg community.
I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science and a PhD Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame, as well as the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship. After earning an MA in comparative politics at the University of Tübingen (Germany), I was a lecturer and researcher at Icesi University in Cali, Colombia, where I also served as director of undergraduate studies for the political science program.
My dissertation, “Criminalized electoral politics: The socio-political foundations of electoral coercion in Brazil” (tentative title), studies the conditions that enable criminal and political actors to use criminal violence to influence electoral outcomes in urban peripheries. With the support of a fellowship of the Inter-American Foundation, as well as a Graduate Student Research Grant from the Kellogg Institute and a Graduate Student Research Award from the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts of the University of Notre Dame, I am conducting extensive fieldwork in the urban peripheries of Brazil.
My broad research interests include political and criminal violence, political order and citizenship, and transitional justice, as well as political parties and electoral competition. I have published on Brazilian political parties, Brazilian foreign policy, and Latin American regional integration. Current working papers and forthcoming publications analyze the logic of criminalized electoral politics, party system deinstitutionalization in Colombia (co-authored with Laura Gamboa and Scott Mainwaring), electoral and partisan subnational competition in Colombia (co-authored with Juan Pablo Milanese), as well as the impact of transitional justice mechanisms on the levels of criminal violence in new democracies (co-authored with Guillermo Trejo and Lucia Tiscornia).
Comparative Politics; political violence and conflict, political order and citizenship in brown areas/areas of limited statehood, as well as political parties and electoral competition in Colombia
- Honorable Mention for Best Dissertation Award of the Urban and Local Politics Section of the American Political Science Association
- Brazil Section of LASA Honorable Mention for the Best Dissertation in Social Sciences – Melhor Tese em Ciências Sóciais (Sérgio Buarque de Holanda prize) at LASA 2019
- 2016-17 Kellogg Institute Award for Outstanding Doctoral Student Contributions
Research Spotlight Luncheon
Albarracín and Gamboa Author Monkey Cage Post on Colombia Protests
May 14, 2021
In a Washington Post Monkey Cage blog post, former Kellogg Doctoral Affiliates Juan Albarracín (PhD Fellow and Dissertation Year Fellow, political science) and Laura Gamboa (PhD Fellow and Dissertation Year Fellow, political science) write about the recent waves of protests in Colombia.
El Asesinato de Líderes Cívicos y Sociales en Colombia
Sep 22, 2019
Juan Pablo Milanese and Juan Guillermo Albarracín have co-authored an article on En El Pais (España) presenting their research on the murder of civic and social leaders in post-conflict Colombia. This continuing project looks into the use of violence to achieve power and the rising tensions in Colombia with the FARC after a period of "tranquility".