Politics Faculty

Our core faculty bring a wide range of approaches and disciplinary backgrounds to the study of politics. Graduate students may also benefit from working with our affiliated graduate faculty.

Sara Niedzwiecki
  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Politics Department
  • Affiliations Chicano Latino Research Center
  • Phone
    831-459-5220
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location 25 Merrill College
  • Office Hours Wednesdays 1-3pm
  • 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. Her forthcoming book Uneven Social Policies (Cambridge University Press) analyzes the implementation of non-contributory social policies in decentralized countries. Her work on the politics of social policy and on multilevel governance has been published by Oxford University Press, Comparative Political Studies, Latin American Politics and Society, PS: Political Science & Politics, Studies in Comparative International Development, Journal of Politics in Latin America, Regional and Federal Studies, and International Political Science Review. Webpage: http://www.saraniedzwiecki.com/