Yanilda María González

Assistant Professor
School of Social Service Administration

Yanilda María González’s research explores the consequences of violence and inequality for state capacity, democratic citizenship, and the relationship between citizens and state institutions in the Latin American context.

Her book manuscript, “Authoritarian Coercion by Democratic Means: The Paradox of Police Reform in Latin America,” probes the persistence of violent, corrupt, and unaccountable police institutions, and the political and social drivers of institutional continuity and change. While these practices run counter to principles of democratic policing, these patterns of coercion have proven remarkably resistant to reform. González demonstrates how these patterns are perpetuated by, and in turn reproduce, existing societal inequalities based on nearly two years of immersive qualitative field research in Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia.

González received her PhD in politics and social policy from Princeton University. Previously, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School. She has also worked with a number of human rights organizations in the United States and Argentina, including the New York Civil Liberties Union, Abogados y Abogadas del Noroeste Argentino en Derechos Humanos y Estudios Sociales, Equipo Latinoamericano de Justicia y Género, and Asociación por los Derechos Civiles.

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