VRios_webI belong to an emerging generation of scholars that rejects the commonly accepted idea that academia is inexorably detached from policy decisions and social mobilization. Instead, I rely on data analysis, research journalism, and close collaboration with academic peers, to advance an acute understanding of the pressing social problems of Mexico, my home country, and to encourage and publicize inadvertent solutions to them.

Using experimental and observational data, I analyze Mexico's political and economic reality, as well as its main challenges: economic inequality, political corruption and criminal violence. I have published several peer-review papers at journals like The Journal of Conflict Resolution, Justice Quarterly, Latin American Research Review, Latin American Politics and Society, an edited book entitled #TheMissingReform about Rule of Law in Mexico, and I have taught as visiting assistant professor at Harvard and Purdue University.

In 2019, I was honored to become a fellow of the International's Women's Forum, after finishing my tenure as selection commissioner of Mexico's National Anti-Corruption System, a position awarded to top-academics and activists by the Mexican Senate. The Library of Congress classified my work as "Latin America Editor's Pick" and The Economist profiled me as a “mover and shaker” of Mexico's civil society. In 2013, the Harvard Gazette selected me as one of the 15 Harvard’s stellar graduates, and the American Political Science Association awarded me the prize to the best public administration dissertation in 2014.
Besides my labor as academic, I regularly collaborate with top political leaders, helping them identify, measure and expose counter-intuitive policy truths using data. I have briefed the Mexican President’s Spokesman, and advised the Minister of Finance and the President of one of the largest business organizations in Mexico. I was also the founding CEO of México ¿Cómo Vamos?, a start-up think tank, and of ¿Fuiste Tu? (Was it you?) a research collective that uses data analysis to identify cases of corruption in social programas in Mexico. 
I am a regular collaborator of the Spanish version of The New York Times, and write a  weekly editorial at Expansion, one of Mexico's leading business magazines. I am regularly interviewed as an analyst of Mexican politics by The GuardianThe Washington Postand other international and mexican media.

Other websites: Wilson Center , Google Scholar

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For speaking engagements, contact:
Mariana Canet at mcanet@dateras.com.mx