Rachel Schwartz

Position title: Ph.D. Candidate | Comparative Politics

Email: raschwartz4@wisc.edu


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Research Interests:

Armed Conflict, Corruption, Human Rights, Latin America, Political Institutions, Political Orders, Political Violence


Rachel Schwartz is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her research focuses on the legacies of armed conflict, state building, and institutional change in Central America. From September 2016 to December 2017, Rachel conducted dissertation research in Guatemala and Nicaragua with support from the Fulbright Program and the United States Institute of Peace.

Prior to beginning graduate school, Rachel was a program associate at the Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington, DC think tank where she coordinated programs on security and migration in Central America and Mexico and Congressional outreach. Rachel received her B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Latin American and Iberian Studies from Haverford College in 2011.



Isaacs, Anita and Rachel A. Schwartz. 2018. “From Reconciliation to Rule of Law: The Shifting Landscape of International Transitional Justice Assistance in Guatemala.” In Transitional Justice, International Assistance, and Civil Society: Missed Connections, eds. Paige Arthur and Christalla Yakinthou. New York: Cambridge University Press. 27-51.

Schwartz, Rachel. “Analysis | Guatemala’s President Tried to Expel the U.N. Commissioner Who Announced He Was under Investigation.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 6 Sept. 2017, www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/09/06/guatemalas-preside….



Fulbright US Student Award

United States Institute of Peace Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship