Luigi Antonio Mendez

PhD Candidate - Political Science - UNC Chapel Hill

I am a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializing in Comparative Politics with a secondary specialization in Methodology.

My dissertation explores the effects of natural disasters and criminal violence on public opinion in Mexico and in Latin America. Broadly, my research and teaching interests include comparative politics, public opinion, survey methodology, federalism and multilevel governance, conflict resolution, and quantitative methods. I have regional interests on Latin America and South Asia, specifically Venezuela, Mexico, India and Pakistan.


Since 2015, I have been a contributor to various exciting research projects and databases, including the Regional Authority Index (with Profs. Liesbet Hughe and Gary Marks), and the Executive Approval Database (with Profs. Cecilia Martinez-Gallardo and Ryan Carlin). I also completed a certificate in Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California.