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Maya Duru

Ph.D. candidate in political science, UC San Diego

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.