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Imke Harbers

Imke Harbers ( former project staff) is an associate professor of political science at the University of Amsterdam and a research fellow at the Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (Cedla). Before coming to Amsterdam, she was a visiting fellow at the Center for US-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego. She obtained her PhD from Leiden University in 2010. Her research focuses on subnational political institutions, state capacity, decentralization and democracy, with a regional emphasis on Latin America. Her dissertation was nominated for the annual thesis award of the Dutch Political Science Association (NKWP) and in 2009, she received the Rudolf Wildenmann Prize of the European Consortium for Political Research.

In 2015, Imke received a Marie Curie grant from the European Commission for my project “Neither Dwarf nor Leviathan: Explaining Territorial and Functional Variation in State Capacity”. The project examines why states invest more in building capacity in some regions of a country than in others, and why the coercive and caring capacity of states is geographically uneven.

Her recent publications can be found here: http://www.uva.nl/profiel/h/a/i.harbers/i.harbers.html