Areas of Interest:

  • Public Management and Governance in Developing Countries
  • Local Governments in Latin America
  • Comparative Public Policy and Policymaking
  • Latin American Politics
  • International Development

Born in Colombia, Dr. Claudia N. Avellaneda specializes in governance and public management in developing countries, with an emphasis on local governments.

Her main research interests are decentralization, public policy, innovation, governance, and public management, with a regional focus on Latin America. Specifically, Professor Avellaneda investigates determinants of government performance in Latin American municipalities by focusing on the role of the local chief executive — the mayor.  

In her field research, Professor Avellaneda conducts personal interviews and experimental analyses with Latin American mayors. She explores the impact of mayors' education, experience, networking, and political support on social service delivery, public finances, tax collection, and decision-making.

Interests: Governance and performance in developing countries


  • Public Management
  • Governance & Public Law
  • Local Governance
  • International Affairs & Development
Environmental Policy, Chicano/a Studies, Public Administration, Political Science, Political Science
PhD, Texas A&M University, Political Science, 2007
MA, Texas A&M University, Political Science, 2005
BS, Universidad Colegio Mayor de Cundinamarca