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About Me

I recently defended my dissertation to complete my PhD in Political Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. My research looks at the politics of poverty and inequality in Latin America and has been published in Latin American Politics and Society, Publius: The Journal of Federalism, and the Journal of Politics in Latin America.


In my dissertation, I examined how Brazilian state governments vary in their responsiveness to different socioeconomic groups and test a theory of the conditions under which governments will improve their responsive to the lower classes. In addition to quantitative analysis, my work draws on extensive fieldwork in Brazil.

I earned my B.A. in Global Studies and Government from Colby College in 2013 and my M.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2017. For more information on my research and teaching, take a look at the links above.

Contact Information:

Claire E. Dunn

Department of Political Science

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill