Gabriela Ramalho Tafoya

Gabriela joined the project as a post-doctoral fellow, specializing in the political economy of Latin America and quantitative research techniques. She is pursuing her PhD degree in Political Science from the University of Connecticut. She also holds two MA degrees in Political Science and Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences, from the University of Connecticut and Columbia University, respectively, and a BA degree in Economics from SUNY Purchase College. Her research focuses on the politics of social protection in developing countries. Her dissertation examines the development of social welfare regimes across 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, with an original, regionally comparable measure of welfare generosity that emphasizes the variety of social assistance programs that have proliferated across the Global South in recent years. This work was supported by grants from the Tinker Foundation, El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies, the Caribbean Interdisciplinary Research and Outreach Initiative and various fellowships from the Department of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. Gabriela is currently working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation research and multiple articles related to social welfare in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Research Interests:

Political Economy, Social Assistance and Welfare, Poverty and Inequality, Contentious Politics, Latin America, Gender, Race and Identity Politics, Mixed Methods Research