Mariana Carvalho

PhD Candidate in Political Science

University of California, San Diego

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at University of California, San Diego. My research focuses on the political economy of development with a focus on criminal and political violence.

For the 2021-22 academic year, I was selected as a Harry F Guggenheim Emerging Scholar. In the 2020-2021 academic year, I was a Dissertation Fellow with the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC). My dissertation research and field work has been supported by the 2020-2021 NSF/APSA Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, the UCSD Sanford Lakoff Research Fellowship, and the UCSD International Institute.

Prior to entering UCSD, I received a B.A. in Economics and a M.A. in Public Administration from Fundação Getulio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I worked as a consultant for UN-Habitat, monitoring and evaluating several annual policy goals of the City Hall of Rio de Janeiro.

I have co-founded A Ponte, a network of women from academia and the public sector focused on supporting elected women. Our goal is to promote evidence-based policies and strengthen role models to attract more women to politics in Brazil.


  • Political Economy
  • Conflict and Violence
  • Crime
  • Causal Inference