Maryhen Jimenez Morales
Political Theory Democracy and Democratisation Political Parties Comparative Politics and Government
I am a doctoral student at St Cross College, working under the supervision of Professor David Doyle and Professor Nancy Bermeo. My research interests include democratic transition, electoral authoritarianism, political parties and Latin America. I am particularly interested in Venezuelan politics and I have conducted fieldwork in Venezuela, Costa Rica, and the US. I have previously read for a B.A. (with distinction) in Political Science (major) and Public Law (minor) at the University of Frankfurt, Germany. In 2015, I succesfully completed the MPhil in Latin American Studies at St. Anthony's College, Oxford. I have also worked for the German development cooperation and interned at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (San José, Costa Rica) and the Americas Division of Human Rights Watch (Washington, D.C).
My doctoral thesis examines opposition competitiveness under electoral authoritarian regimes (EARs) in Latin America. I aim to answer why and under which circumstances some opposition parties are able to increase their competitiveness to the incumbent party while others fail to do so. In the aftermath of the third wave of democratization, electoral authoritarianism (EA) emerged as a popular regime type around the world. EARs are ‘hybrid’ regimes that do not qualify as fully competitive democracies nor fully closed one party authoritarian regimes. This hybridity poses a challenge both for incumbents and opponents. While rulers benefit from durability and stability since they control state resources, state institutions and political processes, the mere possibility of allowing political competition through regularly held elections (even if coerced) creates a window for political change. Given structural and institutional constraints what strategies should opposition use to bring down EARs and why are some oppositions more successful than others in bringing down EARs? In this analysis, I look to systematically identify why and how opponents increase their competitiveness in EARs.
To answer my research question, I will conduct a comparative case study based on three countries, Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela.
Teaching specialism, interests and experience
Introduction to Political Science, Comparative Government, Latin American Politics, Research Design
Cusanuswerk: scholarship for doctoral studies, 2015-2018
Cusanuswerk: scholarship for graduate studies, MPhil Latin American Studies, University of Oxford, 2013-2015
Travel Grant Latin American Centre Oxford, 2014
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD): scholarship for internship at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, San José, Costa Rica
ASA-Scholarship by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development for internship in Peru, 2011
Cusanuswerk: scholarship for undergraduate studies, BA Political Science, University of Frankfurt, 2010 - 2012
- The rise of the left and the fall of free speech in Latin America, in FreeSpeechDebate (18/07/2015; http://freespeechdebate.com/en/discuss/the-rise-of-the-left-and-the-fall-of-free-speech-in-latin-america/)
- Venezuela: The end of a revolution?, in Al Jazeera (21/03/2014; http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/03/venezuela-end-revolution-201431994958327581.html)
- Chavismo in decline?, in Al Jazeera, (15/12/2013; http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/12/winner-takes-all-maduro-electoral-triumph-revisited-2013121483549578966.html)