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Sebastian Garrido de Sierra

Ph.D. candidate in political science, UCLA

Residency: September 2013 – June 2014

Research Project: Eroded Unity and Clientele Migration. An Alternative Explanation of the Demise of the PRI Regime

Research Interests: authoritarian regimes, democratic transitions, Mexican politics, PRI


Sebastián Garrido de Sierra is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the UCLA. He received his B.A. in political science from the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE). Prior to attending UCLA, Garrido de Sierra worked over four years as a political advisor at Instituto Federal Electoral (IFE) — Mexico's electoral commission — and a political party. His research seeks to explain what factors trigger the decline of dominant-party authoritarian regimes, as well as the characteristics of the democratic party systems that emerge after the end of these types of autocracies. His research has been supported by the UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship, UC Mexus Dissertation Research Grant, Mexico’s CONACYT and Fulbright-García Robles.