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Martín Mendoza-Botelho

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Martin Mendoza Botelho

Martín Mendoza-Botelho is Assistant Professor of Political Economy at Tulane University in the U.S. and specializes on issues of institutional strengthening and social and economic development in developing countries, with emphasis on Latin America. He is also affiliated with the Payson Center for Economic Development also at Tulane. His academic experience includes work at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, the University of Cambridge; the Catholic University of Bolivia and The George Washington University. Prior to his scholarly work he served at the Organization of American States (OAS) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in Washington D.C. and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Bolivia among others. He has a growing number of publications and is also a reviewer for several academic journals. His two most recent publications include two book chapters, one on the quality of democracy in his home country of Bolivia (in Evaluating the Quality of Democracy in Latin America, Daniel Levine and José Molina (eds.), Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2010) and the other one on social change and leadership (in Culture and Social Change: Transforming society through the power of ideas, Brady Wagoner, Eric Jensen and Julian Oldmeadow (eds.). Routledge, forthcoming). He received a national research award in Bolivia as part of the Program for Strategic Research (PIEB) and several research grants awards in the U.S. and the U.K. He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, a Masters’ degree in Economic Development (MPhil) from the University of Glasgow and a Bachelor’s degree (Licenciatura) in Economics from the Catholic University of Bolivia.

Primary Classification: 
Academic Experience: 
  • Assistant Professor (v). Department of Political Science, Tulane University. 2010 - present
  • Zemurray Stone Teaching Fellow (post-doctoral). Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Tulane University. 2008 - 2010
  • Visiting Scholar, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. 2008
  • Academic Supervisor, University of Cambridge. 2006 - 2007
  • Invited Lecturer, Catholic University of Bolivia. 2005 - 2006.
  • Researcher. Capability and Sustainability Centre for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP0. University of Cambridge. 2004 - 2005
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Economics, Catholic University of Bolivia. 1995 - 1997.
Selected Publications: 
  • 2011. "Descentralización y Municipalización en Bolivia. De Participación Popular a Autonomías Regionales e Indígenas". Book Chapter. In Blancas Martínez, Edgar Noé (Editor). Municipalización en América Latina: Enfoques, Metodologías y Experiencias. Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo. México.
  • 2011. "Social Capital, Leadership and Social Change". Book Chapter. In Culture and Social Change: Transforming society through the power of ideas. Brady Wagoner, Eric Jensen and Julian Oldmeadow (eds.). Info Age Publishers.
  • 2010. "Quality of Democracy in Bolivia: National Contestation and Grassroots Popular Participation". Book Chapter. In Evaluating the Quality of Democracy in Latin America. Daniel Levine and José Molina (eds.). Lynne Rienner Publishers.
  • 2004. The Role of Municipal Associations in the Americas;  Organisation of American States; Washington, DC.  December, 2004.
  • 2004. Best Practices in Municipal Management in Latin America: Systems of Cadaster and Registration at the Local Level; Organization of American States; Editor; Washington, DC. 
  • 2001. "Capacity Building for Land Titling and Promotion of Indigenous Rights in the Americas"; Proposal; Finalist at the World Bank–Development Market Place Competition 2001, Washington, D.C.
  • 2002. "Information Technology, Changing the Lives of People with Disabilities in the Americas"; Finalist Story at the ICT Stories Competition 2002 sponsored by the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD), the Netherlands and the infoDev Program at the World Bank. Washington, D.C.
  • 2000. "US Contingent Protection, Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations Against Latin-America During the 1990s"; United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-ECLAC); Washington, D.C.
  • 2000. "General Perspectives on Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative and Poverty Reduction"; The Development GAP, Washington, D.C.
Country Experience: 
Costa Rica
Dominican Republic
El Salvador

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