Paula Armendariz Miranda

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I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Dept. of Political Science. I am passionate about researching what drives individuals to prefer autocratic forms of government. My focus is on the link between personality traits, environmental stimuli and people's support (or rejection of ) autocratic forms of governance. Although my research is focused on Latin America - mostly a product of growing up in a small Latin American country who has had a troubling history with democracy - I seek to build a theory that is holistic and generalizable. Outside academia, I enjoy going to concerts, listening to music, fitness activities, and reading a good novel.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • B.A.: International Relations & Political Science, Universidad San Francisco de Quito , Quito, Ecuador, 2013.
  • M.A: Political Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA, 2019.
  • Ph.D (c): Political Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA, 2020 (expected).

Curriculum Vitae


  • comparative politics
  • political psychology
  • Latin American politics
Courses Taught
  • Political Psychology of Mass Behavior - University of Minnesota
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Comparative Politics Colloquium: Co-Coordinator , September 2016 - May 2017


  • Editors’ Assistant, Comparative Political Studies: June 2017 - May 2020
  • Visiting Scholar: Vanderbilt University, August 2018 - August 2020
  • Research Assistant: Prof. David J. Samuels, August 2016 - June 2018
  • Introverted and Closed-Minded: The Psychological Roots of Support for Autocracy in Latin America: Armendariz Miranda, Paula, Journal of Politics in Latin America (Forthcoming).
  • Trusting the Dependent Judiciary: Evidence from Ecuador: Armendariz Miranda, Paula, Revista de Ciencia PolĂ­tica (Revise & Resubmit).
  • Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship (Dept. of Political Science), Summer 2016
  • Dissertation Research Fellowship (Dept. of Political Science), March 2019
  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, Fall 2020