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  Sara Niedzwiecki

Sara Niedzwiecki

Associate Professor


Social Sciences Division

Politics Department

Associate Professor


Dolores Huerta Research Center for the Americas
Latin American & Latino Studies

Regular Faculty

Merrill College Faculty Office Annex

Merrill College

Sara Niedzwiecki is Associate Professor of Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research is on the process through which social policies are formed and implemented as well as on the territorial structure of government in Latin America. Niedzwiecki’s book, Uneven Social Policies: The Politics of Subnational Variation in Latin America (2018, Cambridge University Press) explores the political factors that shape the implementation of social policies in decentralized countries. A second, co-authored book, Measuring Regional Authority: A Postfunctionalist Theory of Governance (Oxford University Press, 2016), presents the Regional Authority Index for 80 OECD+, Asian, and Latin American countries from 1950 to 2010. During 2020-2021 academic year, Professor Niedzwiecki was a fellow at University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies where she worked on a new project on social policy and immigration in Latin America. Webpage:


Refereed Articles

Politics of Social Policy
Doing Research
Latin American Politics
Latin American Social Policy

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