Regina Bateson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at MIT. Regina studies comparative politics, and she is particularly interested in the political consequences of violence and armed conflict, including civil wars, organized crime, and common crime. She also researches post-conflict violence, vigilantism, and policing.
Regina’s work has twice been recognized by the American Political Science Association. In 2014, she won the Gabriel A. Almond Award for the best dissertation in comparative politics. In 2013, she won the Heinz I. Eulau Award for the best article published in the American Political Science Review in the previous year. Her research has been supported by the School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (SHASS) at MIT, the National Science Foundation, the Tinker Foundation, and several centers and programs at Yale University.
Regina’s research interests span the developing world, but she considers herself a Latin Americanist at heart. Regina has lived and worked in Argentina, Chile, and (most extensively) Guatemala, and she has traveled in Uruguay, Peru, Colombia, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, South Africa, Mozambique, India, Thailand, Poland, and Western Europe. Regina speaks fluent Spanish, as well as passable French and a smattering of Portuguese.
Regina is originally from Northern California. She received her BA from Stanford University and her PhD from Yale University. Before beginning her graduate studies at Yale, Regina was a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State. She has also worked as a Spanish/English legal interpreter. To find out more about Regina, click here to view her CV.