Michael Weintraub

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Universidad de los Andes and Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

Research Profile

My research agenda focuses on crime and political violence in Latin America, particularly in Colombia, Central America, and Mexico. I am also interested in historical legacies of violence and how they affect contemporary outcomes. To study these and other topics I use a combination of experimental and quasi-experimental methods, as well as qualitative case studies. While I wrote my dissertation on Colombia, and live in Bogotá, I have expanded my geographic focus to Mexico and the three countries in the so-called "Northern Triangle" of Central America: El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Prior to graduate school, I worked for three years on human rights and development, primarily in East and Southern Africa.

Central America, Latin America, Colombia, Mexico
English, Spanish

Durant, T. Clark, Daniel Houser, Shuwen Li, and Michael Weintraub. Trust in the Executive: Requiring Consensus and Turn-Taking in the Experimental Lab. 2018. Journal of Peace Research 55(5): 609-624.

Osorio, Javier, Livia Schubiger, and Michael Weintraub. Disappearing Dissent? Repression and State Consolidation in Mexico. 2018. Journal of Peace Research 55(2): 252-266. Part of special issue on archival research, edited by Laia Balcells and Chris Sullivan.

Oppenheim, Ben and Michael Weintraub. Doctrine and Violence: the Impact of Combatant Training on Civilian Killings. 2017. Terrorism and Political Violence 29(6): 1126-1148.

Weintraub, Michael. Do All Good Things Go Together? Development Assistance and Violence in Insurgency. 2016. Journal of Politics 78(4).

Oppenheim, Ben, Abbey Steele, Juan F. Vargas and Michael Weintraub. True Believers, Deserters, and Traitors: Who Leaves Insurgent Groups and Why. 2015. Journal of Conflict Resolution 59(5): 794-823. Part of special issue on militias in civil war, edited by Corinna Jentzsch, Livia Schubiger, and Stathis N. Kalyvas.

Weintraub, Michael, Juan F. Vargas and Thomas Flores. Vote Choice and Legacies of Violence: Evidence from the 2014 Colombian Presidential Elections. 2015. Research & Politics 2(2).

Mokleiv Nygård, Håvard and Michael Weintraub. Bargaining Between Rebel Groups and the Outside Option of Violence. 2015. Terrorism and Political Violence 27(3): 557-580.

Durant, T. Clark and Michael Weintraub. How to Make Democracy Self-Enforcing After Civil War: Enabling Credible Yet Adaptable Elite Pacts. 2014. Conflict Management and Peace Science 31(5): 521-540.

Durant, T. Clark and Michael Weintraub. An Institutional Remedy for Ethnic Patronage Politics. 2014. Journal of Theoretical Politics 26(1): 60-79.

Durant, T. Clark and Michael Weintraub. Altruism, Righteousness, and Myopia. 2012. Critical Review 23(3): 257-302.