I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. My research is broadly focused on democratic quality in developing countries, with an emphasize on governance reform and state capacity in Latin America. I employ a range of research methods - qualitative, quantitative, and formal - to understand the political conditions under which policies designed to reduce corruption, increase transparency, and enhance accountability are successful.
My work has been published or is forthcoming in Comparative Politics, the European Journal of Development Research, Information Polity, and in Miguel Centeno, Atul Kohli, and Deborah Yashar's edited volume, State Building in the Developing World. My research has been supported by a U.S. Student Fulbright Grant, a Boren Fellowship from the National Security Education Program, an Eisenhower-Roberts Fellowship, and a National P.E.O. Scholar Award.
For my work on state capacity and political autonomy with Sérgio Praça and Matthew M. Taylor, please see the State Capacity Project website. See also the AULA Blog post on our recent research.
I can be reached at: katherine.bersch [at] utexas.edu