Katherine Bersch is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. Her research is broadly focused on democratic quality in developing countries, with an emphasis on governance reform and state capacity in Latin America. She employs a range of research methods to understand the political conditions under which policies designed to reduce corruption, increase transparency, and enhance accountability are successful.
Bersch received her PhD in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Comparative Politics, Governance, the European Journal of Development Research, Information Polity, and in Miguel Centeno, Atul Kohli, and Deborah Yashar's edited volume, States in the Developing World. Her research has been supported by a U.S. Student Fulbright Grant, a Boren Fellowship from the National Security Education Program, an Eisenhower-Roberts Fellowship, a Mike Hogg Endowed Fellowship, and a National P.E.O. Scholar Award.
Bersch's paper on "State Capacity and Bureaucratic Politicization in Brazil" with Sérgio Praça and Matthew M. Taylor, recently won the LAPIS 2015 Best Paper Award from the Political Institutions section of the Latin American Studies Association. For more on Bersch's work on state capacity and autonomy with Sérgio Praça and Matthew M. Taylor please see the State Capacity Project website and the AULA Blog post on our research.
She can be reached at: kbersch [at] stanford.edu