Carla Cisternas

I am a PhD Researcher in the Department of Latin American Studies at the Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University, Netherlands. I hold an MA (1st) in Political Science from the Institute of Public Affairs at the Universidad de Chile. Moreover, I earned a BA (1st) and a BPS (1st) in Public Administration from the Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACH).

I am interested in technocracy in Latin America, public policies and legislative processes, social network analysis and mixed methods. My doctoral project is supervised by Professor Patricio Silva and Dr MarĂ­a Gabriela Palacio and focuses on the relationship between technocracy, democracy, and sociopolitical conflicts. In particular, I study ad hoc presidential advisory commissions. The Chilean National Agency for Research and Development and the Slicher van Bath de Jong Foundation, through the Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA) of the University of Amsterdam, fund my PhD project.

Picture by Luciana Solar.


Aug 22, 2023 I have just been awarded the Slicher van Bath prize by CEDLA at the University of Amsterdam.
Jul 2, 2022 I have just obtained a full grant from the Chilean Agency for Research and Development to conduct my PhD project in the coming four years at Leiden University.
Jul 1, 2022 My article on the role of CIEPLAN during the Chilean dictatorship and transition has just been published. Here is also the preprint on SocArXiv.