Belén Fernández Milmanda, Ph.D. Candidate

Harvard University

Country: United States (Massachusetts)

About Me:

I'm a Ph. D. Candidate in Government at Harvard University. I'm interested in comparative politics and political economy with a focus on Latin America.I hold a M.A in Political Science from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Argentina and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Buenos Aires.

Research Interests

Latin American And Caribbean Politics

Comparative Political Institutions

Political Economy

Environmental Policy

Specific Areas of Interest

Interest Groups

Comparative Politics

Countries of Interest




My Research:

My dissertation looks at how agrarian elites organize to influence policy making in Latin American democracies. I compare landowners' electoral strategies to block redistributive threats in Argentina, Brazil and Chile since the Third Wave democratic transitions. Besides my dissertation, together with Prof. Candelaria Garay (HKS), I study the political determinants of deforestation in the Argentine Chaco Forest. Our research analyzes sub-national differences in the enforcement of forest protection laws paying especial attention to how local actors shape the design and implementation of both federal and state-level environmental regulations.