My name is Manuel 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 (WCFIA).
I study contemporary challenges to democracy, with a focus on Latin America. My dissertation examines what I call criminal electioneering: deliberate attempts by criminal organizations to influence elections.
My research and writing have appeared in the Journal of Democracy, Lawfare, Slate, and the Washington Post. I have consulted for the World Bank and for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
At Harvard, I have taught courses on formal theory, research design, organized crime, and comparative politics. In 2021, I received the Derek C. Bok Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching of Undergraduates.