Short Bio

Andrea Castagnola has a Ph.D. in Political Science (2010) from the University of Pittsburgh and a Post-Doctorate in Quantitative Methods from the University of Bergen  (2017),  Norway.  She is an adjunct professor of the Department of Political Science and  International Relations at the University of Torcuato Di Tella and an external consultant for the  Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and World  Bank. 


She is an expert in the areas of transparency, justice, institutions, accountability, and fighting corruption. Her background in econometrics has enabled her to combine quantitative research with qualitative research in her areas of expertise.  Her research has been published by Routledge, Cambridge University Press, and specialized international academic journals, such as  the British  Journal  of  Political Science, Journal of Politics, Journal of Politics in Latin America, and Política y Gobierno.

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The rule of law and the judicial manipulation in Latin America

I am currently working with Aníbal Pérez-Liñán on a book manuscript that aims to provide a comprehensive understanding to the factors that affect the stability of the Supreme Court justices in Latin America. The manuscript contains specific chapters on the political and institutional factors that affect the stability of judges on the bench and case studies. The manuscript uses an original dataset that contains information from all the Supreme and Constitutional Courts in the region since 1950's until nowadays. 

Constitutional Reasoning of the Supreme Court Justicies in Argentina


I am part of a regional academic project that aims to identify and analyze the features and trends of constitutional reasoning in Latin America. I was invited as the Argentine specialist and I am responsible for the case study. I invited Professors Sergio Muro and Alejandro Chehtman from the Law School of Universidad Torcuato Di Tella to be co-authors. The project is funded by the Konrad Adenauer.

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Judicial Independence and transparency in Paraguay

I am currently working with Notre Dame University and Instituto Desarrollo (Paraguay) on a 4 year-research grant to strengthen the rule of law, transparency and judicial independence in Paraguay. Within this project, I am coordinating several research projects and activities. The project is financed by USAID.

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Castagnola Andrea (forthcoming) The use of Big Data for improving public policy in Latin America. Inter-American Development Bank: Washington DC. (in charge of the blogs of a 4 year cooperation in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay.)


Castagnola Andrea (forthcoming) "La devolución de la justicia a un espacio de independencia e imparcialidad en América Latina y algunas recomendaciones para la iniciativa marroquí en la región del Sahara Occidental" for the Seminar Devolution of Judicial Powers in Regimes of Territorial Autonomy. United Nations: New York City.

Castagnola Andrea and Alejandro Arancio. 2020. Un Lab en constante evolución: La experiencia del Laboratorio de Innovación en Gobierno Digital del Uruguay. Inter-American Development Bank: Washington DC.

Indice de Acceso a la Información Publica en las Provincias Argentinas: un análisis de la calidad normativa 2019. World Bank: Washington DC.

Castagnola Andrea and Álvaro Herrero. 2019. The Open Government Ecosystem in the City of Buenos Aires: a model for change. Institution for Development Sector IDB-DP 654. Inter-American Development Bank: Washington DC.



  • Judicial politics (PhD, MA and BA levels). Flacso-Mexico (from 2011 to 2013) in UTDT, Argentina (since 2017)

  • Comparative Politics III (BA level). Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (2010) and UTDT MA level (2019) 

  • Modern Political Theory (PhD level). Flacso- Mexico (2010 and 2012)

  • The Judiciary and Politics in Mexico. Supreme Court of Mexico (2012)


  • Multivariate Data Analysis (MA level). University of Bergen, Norway (2014) and Flacso-Ecuador (2019)

  • Applied Quantitative and Qualitative Methods (MA level, TA). Hertie School of Governance, Germany (2008)