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Omar is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, where he is a doctoral student affiliate of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. He specializes in comparative politics with a regional focus in Latin America. His research interests include social protests, state management of protests, political violence, state capacity, civil society, and the relation between political parties and social movements. For his dissertation, he explores the causes of protest violence in Peru and focuses on the role of the protest management bureaucracy built since the transition to democracy in 2000. Omar has received additional training at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and Syracuse University’s Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (IQMR). His current working paper, co-authored with Maggie Shum, analyzes how the level of political protest is related to party system institutionalization, as well as different dimensions of democracy, using data from Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) for Latin America. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Omar received a BA  in sociology from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru (2007) and worked at the same university as a researcher and assistant professor until 2013.

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My research interests include social protests, state management of protests, political violence, state capacity, civil society, and the relation between political parties and social movements.

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