Focus areas: Political sustainability of the commodity boom, linkages between parties and richer and poorer voters, the economic determinants of electoral volatility in Latin America, legislators and economic representation in Argentina, weak institutions in Latin America 

María Victoria Murillo's research on distributive politics in Latin America has covered labor politics and labor regulations, public utility reform, education reform, and economic policy more generally. Her work on political parties analyzes both their coalitional and policy implications as well as their linkages with voters in new democracies. Her empirical work is based on a variety of methods ranging from quantitative analysis of datasets built for all Latin American countries to qualitative field work in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, and Venezuela and survey and experiments in Argentina and Chile.

She is also the co-editor of Argentine Democracy: The Politics of Institutional Weakness (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2005); Carreras Magisteriales, Desempeño Educativo y Sindicatos de Maestros en América Latina (Flacso-Argentina, 2003); and Discutir Alfonsín (Siglo XXI-Argentina, 2010). Her work has also appeared in World Politics, American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, World Development, the Annual Review of Political Science, and many Latin American academic journals.

Murillo received her BA from the Universidad de Buenos Aires and her MA and PhD from Harvard University. Murillo has taught at Yale University, was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, a Fulbright scholar and a Russell Sage Visiting Fellow.

Research & Publications

February 2017|Electoral Studies Volume 45|Maria Victoria Murillo, Giancarlo Visconti
April 2016|Revista Chilena de Ciencia Politica|Maria Victoria Murillo, Julia Maria Rubio, Jorge Mangonnet
October 2010|Siglo XXI-Argentina|Maria Victoria Murillo

En 1983 el entusiasmo democratico invadio el espacio publico con la fuerza de un momento dundacional: impreraba la ilusion, casi el encantamiento, de que todos los problemas de la Argentina podian resolverse y de que el orden poitico podria recrearse desde la nada. Esa ilusion desmesurada y los temores que entranaba afectaron la marcha del gobierno de Alfonsin y tambien las evaluaciones que se hicieron de sus logros y fracasos. Como evaluar hoy aquellos anos? Cual es finalmente el legado que nos han dejado? El proposito cental de este libro es estudiar ese legado, con sus claroscuros y ambivalencias, a la luz de las promesas incumplidas de una democracia que, tal como se reiteraba, seria la condicion de posibilidad para que todos comieran, se curaran y se educaran.

October 2009|Annual Review of Political Science|Maria Victoria Murillo, Steven Levitsky