Manuel A. Meléndez-Sánchez



I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Harvard University, where I am affiliated with the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

I study how democracy works in the presence of powerful criminal organizations. My dissertation project examines what I call criminal electioneering: deliberate attempts by criminal organizations to influence elections.

In other ongoing projects, I explore a range of related topics, including police recruitment, party survival, policy switching, and the rise and fall of political establishments. My regional focus is on Latin America.

At Harvard, I have served as a Teaching Fellow for courses on formal theory, research design, and comparative politics. Previously, I helped run the Political Violence Workshop and served as a Co-President of the Government Department’s Graduate Student Association.

I have an A.B. from Harvard College and an M.Sc. from Oxford, where I was a Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholar and a member of St. Antony’s College. I was born and raised in San Salvador, El Salvador.

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