Belen Fernandez Milmanda
Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies
Phone: (860) 297-5265 Office Location: Downes Memorial 205
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Trinity College faculty member since 2019
General ProfileTeachingResearchPublications/PresentationsHonors/Awards
Ph.D., Harvard Univ.
M.A., Harvard Univ.
M.A., Univ. Torcuato Di Tella
B.A., Univ. de Buenos Aires

Belén Fernández Milmanda holds a PhD in Political Science from Harvard University. She researches how economic elites influence policy making in Latin America with a focus on distributive and environmental politics. Her book manuscript, Agrarian Elites and Democracy in Latin America (under contract, Cambridge University Press), studies the strategies (electoral and non-electoral) that agrarian elites employ to make democracy work to their advantage.

Professor Fernández Milmanda has also studied the political determinants of forest protection in the Argentine Chaco Forest. In her new research project, she explores the challenges that tackling climate change creates for democracies in the developing world. 

She holds a MA in Political Science from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Argentina and a BA in Sociology from the University of Buenos Aires. 

Her work has appeared in World Development, Politics and Society, and the Oxford Research Encyclopedia on Latin American Politics.

At Trinity, Professor Fernández Milmanda teaches courses on Latin American politics, environmental politics, political economy, the politics of inequality and qualitative methods.