Major Fields: Comparative Politics, International Relations
Minor Field: Methodology
Research & Teaching Interests: Contentious Politics and Economic Development in Latin America and the Middle East.
Fields of study: Comparative Politics, Research Methods, International Relations, Latin American Politics, Political Economy.
Dissertation Title: Protesting for More: Corruption, Contentious Political Participation and the Making of Demands
Dissertation chair and committee members: Carew Boulding (Chair), Andy Baker, David Brown.
Dissertation Description: My research examines how citizens engage and make demands on their governments in the context of weak institutional accountability. Specifically, I study the relationship between political corruption and the number and salience of demands channeled using protest as the main vehicle of political participation. My research incorporates a variety of methods including statistical analysis at the country-level, case studies and survey analysis to bring a well-rounded approach to the study of demand-making and contentious political participation.
Expected Defense Date: April 2020
• Institute of Behavioral Science Research Award. University of Colorado Boulder ($300), Spring 2019.
• Institute of Behavioral Science Summer Research Funding. University of Colorado Boulder ($2500), 2019.
• Institute of Behavioral Science Summer Research Funding. University of Colorado Boulder ($2500), 2018.
• Part of the team for Learning Agenda Questions ($4,000), USAID Democracy Fellows and Grants Program. Principal Investigators Andy Baker and Carew Boulding. 2017.
• Best Qualifying Paper: “The Effect of Protest on Economic Growth" ($500), Department of Political Science, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2015.
• Political Science Summer Research Grant. University of Colorado Boulder ($500), 2015.
• Political Science Summer Research Grant. University of Colorado Boulder ($1000), 2014.
• 2nd place Poster Presentation Award: “The Effects of Party Turnover on Perceptions of Corruption" ($250). University of Colorado at Boulder, 2013.
• American Political Science Travel Grant ($225), 2019.
• Graduate School Domestic Travel Grant. University of Colorado Boulder ($300), 2019.
• Midwest Women's Caucus Graduate Student Travel Award 2019. MPSA registration costs.
• Graduate School Domestic Travel Grant. University of Colorado Boulder ($300), 2018.
• Latin American Studies Center Travel Grant. University of Colorado Boulder ($400), 2018.
• Political Science Travel Grant. University of Colorado Boulder ($500), 2016.
• Graduate Teaching Excellence Award. United Government of Graduate Students. University of Colorado Boulder ($400), 2019
Andy Baker and V. Ximena Velasco-Guachalla (2018). “Is the Informal Sector Politically Different? (Null) Answers from Latin America." World Development, 102, 170-182.
Carew Boulding, Raymond Foxworth, Jamie Nelson-Nunez, and V. Ximena Velasco-Guachalla “Indigenous Attitudes toward the Political System in Bolivia" Revista Latino Americana de Opinion Publica. Issue 8, 41-81.
David Bearce and V. Ximena Velasco-Guachalla (2019) “How can We Explain Regime Type Differences If Citizens Don't Vote Based on Foreign Economic Policy?" Foreign Policy Analysis, 0, 1-12.
Andy Baker, Carew Boulding, Shawnna Mullenax, Galen Murton, Meagan Todd, Ximena Velasco-Guachalla, and Drew Zackary (2017). “Maintaining Civic Space in backsliding Regimes." Research and Innovation Grants Working Papers Series. Washington, D.C.: United States Aid Agency and International Institute of Education
Teaching interests: Comparative Politics, Politics in Latin America, Global Development, Political Behavior, Revolutions and Political Violence, Political Economy, Research Methodology.