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Maria Angélica Bautista

Senior Research Associate

Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago

Maria Angélica Bautista is Assistant Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy and a Faculty Affiliate of The Pearson Institute. She received her PhD in political science at Brown University. Her research focuses on the political, economic, and social consequences of state-led repression. She studies the case of the 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 subjects who did not. Her work also documents the impact of repression on Chile’s transition to democracy and its negative effect on tertiary education. She is currently conducting research on the impact of women in comparative politics in Africa and sources of variation of the organization in Colombian paramilitary groups.

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.