Reynaldo T. Rojo Mendoza

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. My fields of study are comparative politics and mass behavior, and I specialize in citizen security, political psychology, and experimental methods. My dissertation examines the political consequences of crime victimization in Mexico. In particular, I study whether and why victims and individuals otherwise exposed to criminal violence choose to engage in prosocial, defensive, and avoidant behaviors in the aftermath of their experiences. Fieldwork for this project was supported by a grant from the Drugs, Security, and Democracy Fellowship, administered by the Social Science Research Council and the Universidad de Los Andes in cooperation with, and with funds provided by the Open Society Foundations and the International Development Research Centre.

I am also interested in studying the effects of development interventions in post-conflict societies. My current projects are: 1) preliminary assessment of peace through development programming in Chad, Niger, and Burkina Faso; and 2) evaluation of an information campaign on decentralization in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Prior to my doctoral studies, I worked at the Institute for Regional Studies of the Californias at San Diego State University, collaborated on projects on human rights, rule of law, and judicial reform in Latin America, and served as deputy director of immigration enforcement in Baja California for Mexico's Instituto Nacional de Migración. I graduated with a M.A. in Latin American Studies from San Diego State University in 2008 and with a Bachelor of Laws from Universidad Anáhuac (Mexico) in 2002.