Assistant Professor, Political Science Department
Senior Research Associate, Program on Latin America and the Caribbean
Highest degree earned
Ph.D., Harvard University, 2022.
Jessie Trudeau, assistant professor of political science, will teach classes in comparative politics, including the politics of crime and violence, politics of geography, Brazilian politics and research methods. Previously, Trudeau was a postdoctoral fellow with Brown University’s Program for Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
Trudeau’s research focuses on organized crime and policing, primarily in Brazil. She is currently revising her book manuscript, “Machine Gun Politics: Why Politicians Cooperate with Criminal Groups,” which explains why local candidates collude electorally with criminal organizations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her peer-reviewed articles have appeared in World Development and EconomiA.
Honors include the 2023 American Political Science Association (APSA) Urban and Local Politics Section’s Best Dissertation Award and the 2022 APSA Pi Sigma Alpha Best Paper Award. Her graduate research was supported by various organizations, including a grant from the Corporación Andino de Fomiento.
Trudeau earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2022.
Areas of Expertise
Politics of crime and violence, politics of geography, Brazilian politics, research methods.
Comparative politics and political economy, with a substantive focus on crime, violence, inequality, and corruption.
2022 Trudeau, J. “Limiting Aggressive Policing Can Reduce Police and Civilian Violence.” World Development 160.
– Press coverage: The World, Piauí, and O Dia 2022 Bullock, J. & Pellegrino, A. P. “How do Covid-19 Stay-at-Home Restrictions Affect Crime? Evidence from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.” EconomiA 22(3): 147-163.
– Selected press coverage: Piauí, Pindograma
Lava Jato Scandal in Latin America, Paul Lagunes and Jen Svenjar (eds.), Routledge.
“The Industrial Organization of Bribery: Evidence from Peru’s Fujimori Regime”
Policy and Commentary
My writing on crime and corruption has appeared on the Global Anticorruption Blog.