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¡Hola! I am an Assistant Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College. 


My research focuses on the politics of law and order, police militarization, and urban security governance in Latin America. It combines observational data, survey experiments, and a range of qualitative methods and has appeared in Perspectives on Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics, and Comparative Political Studies.


I am also an invited research fellow at the Center for the Study of Security, Intelligence, and Governance (CESIG) at ITAM (Mexico City). And I am an executive committee member for the LASA Defense, Public Security, and Democracy section for 2022-2024 and an Executive Committee Member for the Urban and Local Politics Section at APSA for 2023-2025.    


I graduated with a Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University in May 2022 and a BA in Political Science and International Relations from ITAM in 2013. At Claremont McKenna College, I teach courses on comparative, Latin American, and Mexican politics, as well as research methods.

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JESSICA ZARKIN

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