Residency: October 2014 – March 2015
Research Project: The Politics of Economic Risk: Electoral Targeting of Agricultural Insurance in Mexico
Research Interests: comparative politics, political economy of development, quantitative methods
Public Talk: “Electoral Targeting of Disaster Insurance in Mexico" on Jan. 28, 2015
Maya Duru is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at UC San Diego. Prior to beginning her Ph.D., Duru worked in economic consulting and at the United Nations World Food Programme. For her residency, Duru’s project examines the electoral strategies politicians use to target a large-scale insurance program for farmers in Mexico. The project is policy relevant because Mexico's insurance program is a unique example of public provision of insurance in a developing country and is likely to emerge as a model for other countries. This work is supported by the USAID Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security program and the Lakoff Fellowship from the UC San Diego Department of Political Science.