Maryhen Jimenez Morales

Maryhen Jimenez Morales

Job Market Candidate

Research topic:
Autocrats and Oppositions: Lessons from Latin America
Degree course:

Research Themes:
Democracy and Democratisation Political Parties Comparative Politics and Government  

Academic Profile

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 Costa Rica, Mexico, Venezuela, 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 research agenda and doctoral thesis explore uneven patterns of opposition coordination in autocracies using empirical evidence from Latin America. Why do some opposition parties coordinate in electoral autocracies, while others do not? How does repression affect the likelihood of opposition coordination? In contrast to existing accounts that largely focus on the behavior and choices of the autocrat, my research pays attention to the individual and collective dilemmas, decision-making processes and agency of the opposition. Using the cases of Mexico and Venezuela, I trace opposition strategy formation.  

Teaching specialism, interests and experience

Teaching Interests: 

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


Opinion Articles:

Conference Papers and Presentations


Latin American Science Association, Barcelona

“Challenging the Autocrat: Opposition Responses to Regime Repression in Venezuela” (24 May)


American Political Science Association, Boston

“Repression and Opposition Strategies: Evidence from Mexico and Venezuela” (1 September)


American Political Science Association, San Francisco

“Fragment or Unify? How Repression Affects Opposition Strategies In Autocracies” (30 August)


Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago

“The Unintended Consequences of Electoral Authoritarianism: Opposition Coordination And Competitiveness” (8 April)


Latin American Science Association, Lima

“Defying Electoral Authoritarianism: An Analysis of The Venezuelan Opposition” (30 Apri


Princeton University

Program in Latin American Studies (4 December)


Princeton University

Program in Latin American Studies (5 December)


Princeton University

Department of Politics, Post-Doc Colloquium (10 November)


Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago de Chile

European Consortium for Political Research: Summer on Latin America (3 July)


Syracuse University

Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, IQMR (22 June)


Kings College London

European Consortium for Political Research:Summer School on Latin America (29 June)