Oxford Latin American Graduate Seminar Series Michaelmas Term 2020. Week 4

Graduate Seminar: Moshe Ben Hamo Yeger, University of Oxford   

"From Victims to Agents: Citizen Responses to Criminal Violence in Mexico" 


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Presenter: Moshe Ben Hamo Yeger, University of Oxford   

Discussant: Nelson A. Ruiz, Lecturer in Comparative Politics, DPIR, University of Oxford. 


Moshe Ben Hamo is a DPhil candidate in Politics at Oxford's DPIR. His academic background is in Politics and International Relations, having studied in Mexico (ITAM) and Switzerland (IHEID). Prior to Oxford, he worked for the Mexican government and different research institutions in Mexico City and Geneva. Broadly speaking, he is interested in the intersection between criminal violence and politics in Latin America, with a particular focus on Mexico. For his doctoral dissertation, he is exploring the variation in civilian mobilisation strategies in contexts of large-scale criminal violence.


Nelson's research interests are in the political economy of development. He uses quasi-experimental designs, to study the role of politicians and political institutions in economic development. Within this field, the main topic he is interested in is the role of money in politics. Before, Nelson was a post-doctoral researcher at ETH-Zurich Public Policy Group (Chair: Dominik Hangartner), a fellow at Harvard-IQSS and was part of the Visiting Scholars Program at NYU-Politics department. Nelson completed his PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is also currently an affiliate staff at the University of Oxford's Latin American Centre. Before academia he used to work at the Inter-American Development Bank as a research fellow evaluating development projects in the field across Latin-America.