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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Department of Political Science
Assistant Professor, 2013 – present
Civil war, crime, vigilantism, policing, Latin American politics, political behavior.
17.878: Qualitative Field Research. PhD seminar, Spring 2014
17.55J: Introduction to Latin American Studies. Undergraduate lecture, Fall 2014
17.850: Graduate Scope and Methods. PhD seminar, Fall 2014 (Co-taught with Rich Nielsen)
Yale University, 2006 – 2013.
M.A. in Political Science, May 2009.
M.Phil. in Political Science, December 2009.
Ph.D. in Political Science with Distinction, May 2013.
Exam Fields: Comparative politics, international relations, political economy, and methods.
Dissertation: Order and Violence in Postwar Guatemala.
Received the Gabriel A. Almond Award for the best dissertation in comparative politics.
Supervised by Stathis Kalyvas, Elisabeth Wood, and Susan Stokes.
Stanford University, 2001 – 2004.
B.A. in History with Distinction, June 2004.
University of Chicago, 2000 – 2001.
Transferred to Stanford University after one year.
PUBLICATIONS & WORKING PAPERS
Bateson, Regina. 2012. “Crime Victimization and Political Participation.” American Political Science Review, Vol. 106, No. 3: 570-587. (Received the 2013 Heinz I. Eulau Award.)
“Constructing Order after Civil War.” Working paper.
“The Politics of Vigilantism.” Working paper.
Security from Below (working title). First book project. Writing underway, 2013 – present.
From Victims to Activists. Second book project. Research ongoing, 2013 – present.
“Finding Meaning in Politics.” Article-length project. Qualitative research with the relatives of pedestrians and cyclists killed by vehicles in New York City. Participant observation and interviews ongoing, 2014-present. New York City, NY and Albany, NY.
“Mass Shootings and Political Behavior.” Article-length project. Quantitative data collection underway, 2013 – present.
HONORS, AWARDS, AND FELLOWSHIPS
2014 Gabriel A. Almond Award, American Political Science Association
2013 Heinz I. Eulau Award, American Political Science Association
2013 – 2014 School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Faculty Research Grant, MIT
2008 – 2013 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
2011 – 2012 University Dissertation Fellowship, Yale University
2009 MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies Dissertation Research Grant, Yale University
2009 Leitner Political Economy Research Grant, Yale University
2008 Center for Latin American and Iberian Studies Travel Grant, Yale University
2007 Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Competition
2006 – 2010 University Fellowship, Yale University
2006 – 2008 Sterling Prize Fellowship, Yale University
2015 (upcoming) The Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI.
2014 Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica (CIDE). Mexico City, Mexico.
2014 David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University. Cambridge, MA.
2014 Political Violence Workshop, Government Department, Harvard University. Cambridge, MA.
2013 Seminar on Fieldwork in Difficult Settings, University of British Columbia. Vancouver, BC, Canada.
2010 Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala. Guatemala City, Guatemala.
2008 Northeast Regional Conference on Social Studies, Yale University. New Haven, CT.
CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS
2015 (upcoming) Conference on Authoritarian Successor Parties and Democracy: Causes and Consequences, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame, IN.
2014 (upcoming) Workshop on Socialization and Organized Political Violence, Yale University. (Organized by Jeff Checkel, Simon Fraser University). New Haven, CT.
2014 American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. 2014 LASA2014: The XXXII International Conference of the Latin American Studies Association. Chicago, IL.
2014 Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Annual Conference. Chicago, IL.
2013 LASA2013: The XXXI International Conference of the Latin American Studies Association. Washington, DC.
2012 Conference on Paramilitaries, Militias, and Civil Defense Forces in Civil Wars, Yale University. New Haven, CT.
2012 American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA. Paper presentation scheduled; conference cancelled.
2012 International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention. San Diego, CA. 2012 LASA2012: XXX International Conference of the Latin American Studies Association. San Francisco, CA.
2012 Harvard-MIT-Yale Graduate Student Conference on Political Violence. MIT, Cambridge, MA.
2011 Comparative Politics Workshop, Yale University. New Haven, CT.
2011 Harvard-MIT-Yale Graduate Student Conference on Political Violence, Yale University. New Haven, CT.
2010 Households in Conflict Network (HiCN) Annual Workshop, Universidad de los Andes. Bogotá, Colombia.
2010 LASA2010: XXIX International Conference of the Latin American Studies Association. Toronto, ON, Canada.
2010 American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. 2010 Conference on Legal Subjectivity, Popular/Community Justice, and Human Rights in Latin America, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, Cambridge University. Cambridge, UK.
2009 Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Annual Conference. Chicago, IL.
2009 Comparative Politics Workshop, Yale University. New Haven, CT.
2009 II Congreso Latinoamericano de Opinión Pública, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP). Lima, Peru.
Election Observer, the Organization of American States. 2011.
Observed the second round of the Guatemalan presidential election in the department of San Marcos. Traveled independently in rural areas and interviewed local leaders and government officials.
Foreign Service Officer, US Department of State. 2004 – 2006.
Served as a consular officer at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City. Interviewed visa applicants, managed fraud investigations, performed routine American Citizen Services, and assisted American citizens in crisis.
Panel Organizer, “Relations between States and Organized Crime Groups: Collaboration, Toleration, and Negotiated Settlements.” May 31, 2013. LASA2013: XXXI International Conference of the Latin American Studies Association. Washington, DC.
Panel Organizer, “Lynchings in the Americas: Historical, Social, and Political Causes.” May 25, 2012: LASA2012: XXX International Conference of the Latin American Studies Association. San Francisco, CA.
Panel Organizer, “The Struggle for Human Rights in Postwar Guatemala.” Oct. 8, 2010: LASA2010: XXIX International Conference of the Latin American Studies Association. Toronto, Canada.
Panel Organizer, “The Political Impact of Latin America’s Crime Wave.” Sept. 4, 2010: American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Washington, DC.
Reviewer, American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Peace Research, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Qualitative Sociology, Latin American Politics and Society.
Graduate Admissions Committee Member, Department of Political Science, MIT, 2013 – 2015.
Mentor, Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Yale University. Oct. 2007 – May 2009.
Graduate Student Representative, Junior Faculty Search Committee, Department of Political Science, Yale University. Sept. 2008 – Dec. 2008.
McDougal Public Service Fellow, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Yale University. Aug. 2007 – May 2008.
Assistant to Prof. Elisabeth Wood, Yale University. June 2007 – Feb. 2008. “Disappearance and Extraordinary Rendition: Comparing Latin American Security Regimes to the U.S. ‘War on Terror.’” Panel Discussion and Workshop, Feb. 7-8, 2008, Yale University.
American Political Science Association
Latin American Studies Association
International Studies Association
Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence, Yale University (2006-2013)
Visiting Researcher: Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Guatemala City (2009-2010)