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Maria Gabriela Palacio Ludena

Assistant Professor in Modern Latin American History, Leiden University

I am an Assistant Professor (University Lecturer) in Modern History at the Latin American Studies Programme - Institute for History. I hold a PhD in Development Studies from the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS).

My research contributes to interdisciplinary work on development studies, with a focus on social policy. Situated within development studies and informed by political economy, anthropology of the state, and sociology of gender and race, it seeks to understand how social policy shapes social and political identities. Most of my empirical research has focused on Ecuador, though I have written more broadly about Latin America.


  • 2015–present
    Assistant Professor | Development Studies, Leiden University


  • 2017 
    International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam, PhD in Development Studies