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Santiago Virgüez-Ruiz

Professional Title: 

Graduate Student


Thompson 512



JSM, Stanford Law School; LLB /BA Political Science, Universidad de Los Andes


I am a Ph.D. student in Political Science, focusing on Law and Politics, Research Methods, and Comparative Politics. My dissertation explores the politics of transnational police crafting, particularly through the study of networks of police bureaucrats and policing assistance programs between the U.S. and Latin America.                 I am interested in judicial politics, global policing, political violence, and computational text analysis. 

Peer Review Publications:

  • Pieper L., Virgüez, S., Schlager, E., and Schweik, C. 2023. The Use of the Institutional Grammar 1.0 for Institutional Analysis: A Literature Review. Journal of the Commons17, 1. (Link here)

  • Rodríguez, J.C. and Virgüez, S. 2020. Policy Analysis in the Colombian Constitutional Court. In Policy Analysis in Colombia. Bristol: Bristol University Press. (Link here)

  • Virgüez, S. 2018. Congresspeople in the Courtroom: Analysis of the use of Constitutional Complaints by Members of Congress in Colombia 1992-2015. Colombia Internacional 96: 57-85. (Link here)