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Jessie Trudeau

Jessie Trudeau

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Jessie Trudeau

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. 

Research Interests

Comparative politics and political economy, with a substantive focus on crime, violence, inequality, and corruption.


Peer-Reviewed Publications

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.

Working Papers

2022 “Machine Gun Politics: Why Politicians Cooperate with Criminal Groups.”
– Franklin L. Burdette/Pi Sigma Alpha Best Conference Paper Award, APSA (2022)
– Best Paper Award in the Conflict Processes Section, APSA (2022)
– Elinor and Vincent Ostrom Prize for Best Graduate Student Paper and
Presentation, Public Choice Society (2022)
2021 “Organized Crime and Voter Mobilization.” Under Review.
– Best Paper Award in the Subnational Politics and Society Section, LASA (2020)

– Selected press coverage: Piauí, Pindograma

Book Chapters

2020 “How Should Lava Jato End?” (with Matthew Stephenson). In Corruption and the

Lava Jato Scandal in Latin America, Paul Lagunes and Jen Svenjar (eds.), Routledge.

In Progress

“Strategic Cartography: How Map-Making Can Enable or Obstruct Social Inclusion”
(with Ana Paula Pellegrino)
“Who Becomes a Police Officer?” (with Juan Campos and Carlos Schmidt-Padilla)

“The Industrial Organization of Bribery: Evidence from Peru’s Fujimori Regime”

Policy and Commentary

2022 “Lições Pandêmicas para Políticas de Segurança Pública Efetivas.” Nexo Políticas
Publicas. (with Ana Paula Pellegrino).
2021 “Policing or perpetuating violence? State-sanctioned milícias and police in Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil.” [Review of the book A República das Milícias: Dos Esquadrões da
Morte à Era Bolsonaro, by B. Paes Manso]. Criminological Encounters, 4(1), 179-183.
2021 “Brazilian police killed 27 people in a single raid this month. That doesn’t make Rio de
Janeiro safer.” The Monkey Cage, Washington Post.
Policy Briefs: “Resisting Corruption Along Drug Trafficking Routes: An Analysis of
Criminal Justice Bodies in Latin America,” “Corruption and Marginalisation,”
“Corruption and Unsolicited Proposals: Risks, Accountability, and Best Practices,”
“Best Practices in Civilian Oversight and Whistleblower Protection in the Armed
Forces,” “Development of Peru’s Asparagus Industry,” “Administrative Decentralization
in Peru.”


My writing on crime and corruption has appeared on the Global Anticorruption Blog.