Politics Faculty

Sara Niedzwiecki
  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Politics Department
  • Affiliations Research Center for the Americas, Latin American & Latino Studies
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Merrill College Faculty Office Annex, 156
  • Office Hours Tuesdays 11am-noon and Thursdays 3.15-4.15pm
  • Mail Stop Merrill College
  • Mailing Address
    • Politics Department Merrill Faculty Services University of California, Santa Cruz 1156 High Street S
    • Santa Cruz California 95064

Biography, Education and Training

Sara Niedzwiecki is an Assistant Professor in the Politics Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She earned her PhD in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research studies two critical questions within comparative politics. First, she works on the process through which social policies are formed and implemented in Latin America and beyond. Second, she studies the territorial structure of government, with an emphasis on the measurement of the authority of regional governments across countries. To study these questions, she uses both qualitative and quantitative methods. She is the author of Uneven Social Policies: The Politics of Subnational Variation in Latin America (2018, Cambridge University Press) and co-author of Measuring Regional Authority: A Postfunctionalist Theory of Governance (Oxford University Press, 2016). Her work has also been published in Comparative Political Studies, Latin American Politics and Society, Electoral StudiesPS: Political Science & Politics, Studies in Comparative International Development, Journal of Politics in Latin America, Regional and Federal Studies, Ciência & Saúde Coletiva, and International Political Science Review. Webpage: http://www.saraniedzwiecki.com/