Valentina P Salas

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salas040@umn.edu

Political Science .
1414 SocSci

267 19th Ave S

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at the University of Minnesota studying access to justice, legal empowerment, and legal consciousness in Latin America. My current research analyzes the political construction of the rights consciousness of marginalized individuals in Chile, combining insights from socio-legal and comparative politics studies.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • B.A.: Political Science, Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile.
  • M.A.: Political Process and Institutions, Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile.

Specialties

  • Comparative Politics
  • Law and Society
  • Latin American Politics
  • Political Methodology
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Consultant: Research Department of the Supreme Court of Chile , 2018
  • Instructor: Deptament of Political Science and International Relations, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile , 2014 - 2016
  • Researcher: United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Chile , 2012 - 2016
  • Analyst: Technical Secretary of the Presidential Advisory Commission Against Conflicts of Interests, Influence Peddling and Corruption in Chile , 2015

Research

  • Human Rights Center Doctoral Fellow: Human Rights Center, Law School, University of Minnesota, 2020 - 2021
  • Participant: Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (IQMR), Syracuse University, New York, 2019

Outreach

  • Graduate Students Representative: Equity and Diversity Committee, Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota, 2020 - 2021
  • Co-chair: Graduate Students Life Committee, Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota, 2020 - 2021
  • Recruitment Coordinator: Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota, 2019
  • Co-chair: Graduate Students Life Committee, Dept. of Political Science, University of Minnesota, 2017 - 2018
Publications
  • Hilbink, L., & Salas, V. (Forthcoming 2021). “Advancing Human Rights through Legal Empowerment of the Poor.” In Martha Davis, Morten Kjaerum & Amanda Lyons (eds.), Research Handbook on Human Rights and Poverty. Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Hilbink, L., Gallagher, J., Restrepo, J. & Salas, V. (2019). Engaging Justice Amidst Inequality in Latin America. Open Global Rights. https://www.openglobalrights.org/engaging-justice-amidst-inequality-in-latin-america/
  • Ríos, M., & Salas, V. (2016). Proceso Constituyente: Mecanismos de Cambio Constitucional en el Mundo. Análisis desde la Experiencia Comparada. Revista Hemicilo, 14, pp. 93-105.
  • Altman, D., Aguero, S., & Salas, V. (2014). Municipalidades, Ciudadanos y Democracia Directa en Chile: Esbozos de una relación fluida. In A. Lissidini, Y. Welp, & D. Zovatto (eds.), Democracias en Movimiento. Mecanismos de Democracia Directa y Participativa en América Latina, pp. 195-229. México, D.F.: Universidad Autónoma de México.
  • Luna, J. P., Jaramillo, N., Salas, V., Toro, S., & Seligson, M. (2012). Cultura Política de la Democracia en Chile y en las Américas, 2012: Hacia la Igualdad de Oportunidades. Vanderbilt: Vanderbilt University.
Awards
  • Andrew Dickinson Memorial Fellowship, Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota, 2020
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program (GRPP) Fellowship, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, 2020
  • Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship (Dept. of Political Science), 2019
  • Dissertation Research Fellowship (Dept. of Political Science), 2020
  • World Fellowship for Women Doctoral Students, The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International (DKG)., 2016 - 2017
  • Fulbright Fellowship for Doctoral Studies, Chile , 2016 - 2019
  • Chilean National Commission of Science and Technology (CONICYT), MA Scholarship., 2012
  • Academic Excellence BA Award, Department of Political Science, Universidad Católica de Chile, 2012
  • Honor BA Scholarship, Dept. of Political Science, Universidad Católica de Chile, 2008 - 2009