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Angélica Durán-Martínez

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Massachusetts-Lowell

Angélica Durán-Martínez is an associate professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Brown University, an M.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from New York University, and a B.A. in Political Science from Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Her research interests include the relations between organized crime, violence, and the state in Latin America, drug policy, and the interconnections between criminal and political violence.

Her research has received funding from the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), the Social Science Research Council (IDRF-SSRC) and the Open Society Foundation through the Drugs, Security, and Democracy fellowship. She is the author of “The Politics of Drug Violence: Criminals, Cops, and Politicians in Colombia and Mexico” (Oxford University Press, 2018), winner of the best book prize from the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime, and of the Peter Katzenstein book award for best first book in international relations, comparative politics, or political economy.

She has also published in numerous journals including Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Latin American Politics and Society, Comparative Political Studies, and Crime, Law and Social Change. She has taught at UMass Lowell since 2013.

Selected publications

Book 

  • “The Politics of Drug Violence: Criminals, Cops, and Politicians in Colombia and Mexico” Oxford University Press 2018.

Peer reviews

  • “Hiding violence to deal with the state: criminal pacts in El Salvador and Medellín” (with Jose Miguel Cruz) Journal of Peace Research 53 (2) (2016).
  • “To Kill and Tell? State Power, Criminal Competition, and drug violence” Journal of Conflict Resolution 59 (8) (December 2015)
  • “Drugs around the corner: Domestic drug markets and violence in Colombia and Mexico” Latin American Politics and Society, 57 (3) (2015).
  • “Presidents, Parties and Referenda in Latin America” Comparative Political Studies 45:8 (August 2012)
  • “Does illegality breed violence? Drug trafficking and state-sponsored protection rackets”, with Richard Snyder, Crime, Law and Social Change 52:3 (September 2009)
  • “Drug Trafficking and State Sponsored Protection Rackets in Mexico and Colombia” with Richard Snyder, Colombia Internacional 70 (December 2009)
  • “Crossing borders: political transnationalism among Dominican New Yorkers”, Revista de Ciencia Política, Universidad Nacional de Colombia (2010)
  • “The Frontier: a strategic pivot of national integration” Revista Territorios, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogota (2002)

Book chapters

  • “Silent Traffickers or Brutal Criminals: How State Power Shapes Criminal’s Incentives to Expose Violence” in Santamaría and Carey Jr, eds., Violence and Crime in Latin America, Oklahoma University Press, 2017.
  • “The international politics of drugs and illicit trade in the Americas” with Peter Andreas, in Dominguez and Covarrubias, eds., Handbook of Latin America in the World, Routledge, 2014.
  • “Jóvenes y violencia en Medellín: entre transformación urbana y violencia persistente” in Alvarado, ed, Violencia Juvenil y Acceso a la Justicia en América Latina Tomo I, Colegio de Mexico, 2014.
  • “Jóvenes en Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua: entre la falta de oportunidades y el miedo a la violencia” with Ursula Alanis, in Alvarado, ed, Violencia Juvenil y Acceso a la Justicia en América Latina Tomo II, Colegio de Mexico, 2014.
  • “The politics of drugs and illicit trade in the Americas” with Peter Andreas, in Kingstone and Yashar, eds., Handbook of Latin American Politics, Routledge, 2012

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