Reynaldo T. Rojo Mendoza


I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. My fields of study are comparative politics and mass political behavior, and I specialize in citizen security, political violence, 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 resort to prosocial, defensive, and/or avoidant responses 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 conflict and post-conflict societies. My current projects are: 1) preliminary assessment of peace through development programming in West Africa (Chad, Niger, and Burkina Faso); and 2) evaluation of an information campaign aimed at increasing support for decentralization in the Democratic Republic of 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.