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People: Research Fellows

Edgar Franco Vivanco

Faculty Associate


Ph.D. 2019 Stanford University (Political Science)
M.A. 2012 Stanford University (Education Policy)
B.A. 2008 Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico  (Economics and Political Science)


Edgar Franco Vivanco’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Edgar Franco Vivanco’s personal website
Edgar Franco Vivanco’s Google Scholar Profile


Edgar’s research agenda explores how colonial era institutions and contemporary criminal violence shape economic under-performance, particularly within Latin America. His dissertation-related book project studies the role Indigenous groups have played in the state-building process of the region since colonial times. Using extensive archival data of colonial Mexican courts, combined with automated text analysis, he examines the complex interactions between Indigenous communities and the colonial state. Edgar’s research on contemporary challenges to development focuses on criminal violence and policing. He is co-authoring a book that draws on extensive fieldwork in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to study the differentiated effects of state interventions against organized criminal groups.


Email: [email protected]
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Selected Publications

Please also see Edgar Franco Vivanco’s Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Edgar Franco Vivanco’s Google Scholar Profile.


Strategies of Indigenous Resistance and Assimilation (dissertation project)

Magaloni, B., Franco-Vivanco, E., & Melo, V. (2020). Killing in the Slums: Social Order, Criminal Governance, and Police Violence in Rio de Janeiro. American Political Science Review, 114(2), 552-572. doi:10.1017/S0003055419000856Recently listed on SSRN’s Top Ten download list for: CJRN: Security & Crime Prevention (Topic)