Research and Policy
Maria Angélica Bautista
Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago
Maria Angélica Bautista is an assistant professor at Harris. Her research focuses on the political, economic, and social consequences of state-led repression. Her PhD dissertation studies the case of military dictatorship in Chile based on a unique dataset she collected and explores the extent to which repression affected individual political preferences, behavior, and economic outcomes by comparing subjects who were victims of political torture or imprisonment by the state to unaffected citizens. She also studies the heterogeneous effects and the intergenerational consequences of repression.
In a parallel research project together with James Robinson and Juan Galán (Harvard University) she is studying the experience of the Colombian paramilitary groups that demobilized in 2006. The goal is to have a better understanding of how paramilitary groups used violence to different extents and explore at a micro-level how violence is used to build institutions. She received her PhD in political science at Brown University.