Mariela Szwarcberg is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Reed College, Portland, Oregon. Her research interests include distributive politics and gender, social movements, and political participation in Latin America. Her previous work has examined the incentives that contribute to the persistence of clientelism in consolidated democracies. Her book “Mobilizing Poor Voters: Machine Politics, Clientelism and Social Networks in Argentina” (Cambridge University Press) explains why candidates use clientelistic strategies to mobilize poor voters using network analysis and quantitative and qualitative data. Her articles have appeared in journals such as Comparative Politics, Party Politics, Social Networks, Latin American Research Review, and Latin American Politics and Society.

Szwarcberg has received fellowships and grants from Reed College, the Center for Latin American Studies, and the Political Science Department at the University of Chicago, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame, the Yale Program on Democracy, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Fulbright Commission. She received a PhD in Political Science from the University of Chicago.

She teaches courses on politics in developing countries, social movements, and human rights and violence in Latin America. Professor Szwarcberg also teaches about inequality in the US, Central and South America, and introductory courses to Comparative Politics.