I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley and a research associate at the Center on the Politics of Development.

My research focuses on the politics of democratization and the stability of new democracies. In my dissertation, I examine the counter-intuitive role of economic elites in supporting democratic transitions and the ways in which they shape the prospects for redistribution post-democratization. I explore these dynamics in Latin America, with a particular focus on Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. My work employs a multi-method approach that draws on natural experiments, archival research, as well as qualitative and quantitative data.

Prior to coming to Berkeley, I completed a Master’s in Political Science from FLACSO, Ecuador. I also hold a B.A. in Political Science and Latin American and Caribbean Studies from the University of Michigan.

I can be reached at acallis@berkeley.edu.