Politics Faculty

Sara J Niedzwiecki
  • Title
    • Associate Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Politics Department
  • Affiliations Dolores Huerta Research Center for the Americas, Latin American & Latino Studies
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Merrill College Faculty Office Annex, 156
  • Mail Stop Merrill College
  • Mailing Address
    • Politics Department Merrill Faculty Services University of California, Santa Cruz 1156 High Street S
    • Santa Cruz California 95064
  • Courses Politics of Social Policy, Doing Research, Latin American Politics, Latin American Social Policy

Biography, Education and Training

Sara Niedzwiecki is Associate Professor of Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research is on the process through which social policies are formed and implemented as well as on the territorial structure of government in Latin America. Niedzwiecki’s book, Uneven Social Policies: The Politics of Subnational Variation in Latin America (2018, Cambridge University Press) explores the political factors that shape the implementation of social policies in decentralized countries. A second, co-authored book, Measuring Regional Authority: A Postfunctionalist Theory of Governance (Oxford University Press, 2016), presents the Regional Authority Index for 80 OECD+, Asian, and Latin American countries from 1950 to 2010. During 2020-2021 academic year, Professor Niedzwiecki was a fellow at University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies where she worked on a new project on social policy and immigration in Latin America. Webpage: http://www.saraniedzwiecki.com/

Selected Publications


Refereed Articles