Rachel Schwartz

PhD Candidate in Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Areas of Expertise:
  • International Development
  • Policy in Other Countries
  • U.S. Foreign Policy

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About Rachel

Schwartz’s academic research focuses on institution-building and corruption, with a regional focus on Central America. She has also worked on U.S.-Latin American relations, managing programs on security and migration in Central America and Mexico and Congressional outreach at the Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington-based policy forum. 




"What Drives Escalation in Atrocity Violence? Evidence from Guatemala," (with Scott Straus), American Political Science Association, September 2015.

Uses declassified military plans and communications to examine what accounts for the dramatic escalation and de-escalation of violence within Guatemala’s armed conflict (1960-1996).

In the News

"Central America Moves toward a Truly Regional Stance on Drugs," Rachel Schwartz, World Politics Review, March 23, 2012.
"Democracy in Progress: El Salvador’s Unfinished Transition," Rachel Schwartz (with Michael Shifter), World Politics Review, September 25, 2012.
"Repression, Resistance, and Indigenous Rights in Guatemala," Rachel Schwartz (with Anita Isaacs), Americas Quarterly, Winter 2013.