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Patrick Signoret

Ph.D. candidate in politics, Princeton University

Residencies: January 2020 – August 2020; September 2020 – May 2021; September 2021 – December 2021

Research Project: Order and Peace Amid Large-Scale Criminal Violence

Research Interests: public security, organized crime, conflict, federalism and decentralization, Latin America, political economy of development


Patrick Signoret is a Ph.D. candidate in politics at Princeton University. His dissertation studies competing criminal organizations and state security forces to explain subnational variation in violence trends in contemporary Mexico (2006–2018), ultimately seeking to understand when and how order and peace arise in violent criminal contexts. Under which conditions did parts of Mexico avoid large-scale criminal violence altogether? And when extreme violence did break out, why and how did it fall back down in some places but not others? He examines in particular how the state influenced these outcomes through security force reforms, deployments and crackdowns. Based on field trips to northern Mexico and original data on criminal group presence and local security apparatus composition, the dissertation combines large-sample quantitative analysis of municipalities with small-sample comparative analysis of northern Mexican cities.

Signoret’s main subfield is comparative politics, with formal and quantitative methods and international relations as additional subfields. His broader research interests include public security, organized crime, Latin American politics and the political economy of development. He holds bachelor degrees in political science and economics from the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM).