Veronica Herrera

Assistant Professor

Political Science

Veronica Herrera is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and her B.A. from Swarthmore College. She studies comparative urban and subnational politics and environmental policymaking, with a focus on Latin America. She is the author of Water and Politics: Clientelism and Reform in Urban Mexico (University of Michigan Press, 2017). At the University of Connecticut, Professor Herrera teaches courses on Latin American politics, water and environmental politics, urban politics and policymaking, and qualitative research methods.

Selected Publications:

Water & Politics: Clientalism and Reform in Urban Mexico

2017. Water and Politics: Clientelism and Reform in Urban Mexico. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Press.

2017. “From Participatory Promises to Partisan Capture: Local Democratic Transitions and Citizen Water Boards in Mexico.” Comparative Politics. 49 (4). July. pp. 479-499.

  • Winner of Best Paper Award, Urban Politics Section, American Political Science Association.
  • Noted in Washington Post, “How to build the better cities of tomorrow? It takes careful planning-and political science research,” by Jeffrey W. Paller, October 20, 2016.

2014. (with Alison Post). “Can Developing Countries both Decentralize and Depoliticize Urban Water Services? Evaluating the Legacy of the 1990s Reform Wave.” World Development. Volume 64 (December). pp. 621-641.

2014. “Does Commercialization Undermine the Benefits of Decentralization for Local Services Provision? Evidence from Mexico’s Urban Water and Sanitation Sector.” World Development. Volume 56. (April). pp. 16-31.

Selected for inclusion in the National Science Foundation funded “Qualitative Data Repository” pilot project on Active Citations,

2012. “When Decentralization Matters: Subnational, Municipal, and New Intertier Relations.” Latin American Politics and Society. 54 (2). 153-163. (review essay)

Selected Fellowships and Awards:

Visiting Scholar, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University, Spring 2018

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, Fellowship Office of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2017-2018

American Association of University Women Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2017-2018

Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, 2016-2017

Competitive Large Grant, Research Excellence Program, Office of the Vice President, UCONN, $24,403, 2015-2016

Best Paper Award, Urban Politics Section, American Political Science Association, 2014

Clarence Stone Early Career Award, Urban Politics Section, American Political Science Association, 2013

In the News:

“Toxic Exposure and Grassroots Activism in Latin American Cities,” Just Environments Series, Items: Insights from the Social Sciences. Social Science Research Council. August 8, 2017.

“It’s not just lead that’s poisoning our water. It’s also politics.” Washington Post (Monkey Cage). February 28, 2017.

“How to build better cities of tomorrow? It takes careful planning—and political science research.” Washington Post (Monkey Cage). October 20, 2016.

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