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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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Andrea Castagnola

Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (UTDT),

Consultant on justice, the rule of law and transparency for the IADB, UNDP and World Bank

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  • Ph.D. Political Science, University of Pittsburgh (USA) 2010.  

       Won an Honorable Mention from Lozano Memorial Dissertation Prize

  • M.A. Political Science, University of Pittsburgh (USA) 2006.

  • M.A. Development Management and Public Policy, Georgetown University (USA) 2004.

  • B.A. International Studies, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (Argentina) 2001.

2017 to present



University Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires


Universidad Nacional de San Martin, Buenos Aires (2017-2018)





University of Bergen, Department of Comparative Politics.



Centre on Law & Social Transformation, UiB-CMI (2014 to present)




Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (Flacso).


Peer-reviewed journal publications

  • Castagnola, A. 2020. “La Trampa de la Manipulación Judicial: Un análisis histórico del control político de la Corte Suprema Argentina”. Revista Uruguaya de Ciencia Política 29 (1): 49-80.

  • Pérez-Liñán, A. and Castagnola, A. 2016. “Judicial Instability and Endogenous Constitutional Change: Lessons from Latin America”. British Journal of Political Science 46 (2): 395-416.

  • Castagnola, A. 2012. “I Want It All, and I Want It Now: The Political Manipulation of Argentina’s Provincial High Courts” Journal of Politics in Latin America 4 (2): 39-62.

  • Lara Borges, Oswald, Castagnola, A. and Pérez Liñán, A. 2012. "Diseño constitucional y estabilidad judicial en América Latina, 1900-2009." (Constitutional design and judicial stability in Latin America). Política y Gobierno XIX (1): 3-40.

  • Castagnola, A. 2010. "La diversidad institucional de los Poderes Judiciales provinciales en Argentina desde una perspectiva histórica." (A historical perspective of the institutional diversity of provincial judiciaries in Argentina) POSTData 15 (2): 161-89.

  • Morgenstern, S., Swindle, S.M. and Castagnola, A. 2009. “Party Nationalization and Institutions” The Journal of Politics 71(4): 1322-1341.

  • Pérez Liñán, A. and Castagnola A. 2009 “Presidential Control of High Courts in Latin America: A Long Term View (1904-2006)” Journal of Politics in Latin America 1 (2): 87-114.

  • Castagnola, A. 2006. “Political Scandals and the Dynamics of Politics in Latin America”  MACLAS – Latin American Essays Vol. XIX.



Books and Edited Volumes

       [Spanish translated version in 2016]



Book Chapters

  • Pérez-Liñán, A. and Castagnola, A. 2021. “¿Activismo inocuo? La Justicia Constitucional en la era democrática” in Tres décadas de democratización en Paraguay: actores, instituciones y Sociedad, ed. Cerna Villagra, S. and Villalba S. Asunción: Centro de Estudios Antropológicos de la Universidad Católica.

  • Castagnola A. and López Noriega, S. 2016. “Are Mexican Justices True Arbitrers Among Political Elites? An Empirical Analysis of the Court´s rulings from 2000-2011” In Judicial Politics in Mexico: The Supreme Court and the Transition to Democracy, ed. A. Castagnola and S. López Noriega. Routledge: New York

  • [Spanish translated version in 2016]

  • Castagnola A. and López Noriega, S. 2016. “The Supreme Court and the (no) Rights Revolution. An Empirical Analysis of the Court´s rulings from 2000-2011” In Judicial Politics in Mexico: The Supreme Court and the Transition to Democracy, ed. A. Castagnola and S. López Noriega. Routledge: New York

  • [Spanish translated version in 2016]

  • Valderrama, C. and Castagnola, A. 2015. “Cortes Activas en la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos: evolución de la política sobre los desplazados en Colombia.” In Los Derechos Humanos y la violencia: Estado, instituciones y sociedad civil, eds. K. Ansolabehere, S. Serrano y L.D. Vazquez. Universidad de Los Andres: Colombia.

  • Castagnola A. and Pérez Liñán, A. 2011."Bolivia: The Rise (an Fall) of Judicial Review." In Courts in Latin America, ed. G. Helmke and J. Rios-Figueroa. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • [Spanish translated version in 2011]

  • Castagnola A. 2003. “Participatory Monitoring of Land and Housing Policy in the Municipality of Quilmes, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. Community Council on Land and Housing Policy” In Voice, Eyes and Ears. Social Accountability in Latin America. Case Studies on Mechanisms of Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (69-78) Latin America and the Caribbean Region World Bank: Washington DC.


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. 

Assessing the role of women in the Supreme and Constitutional Courts in Latin America


According to CEPAL in 2018, women justices represents only 32% of the total seats of the Supreme Courts of Latin America and the Caribbean. The low representation of women in the high courts is not an exception since in OECD countries female participation in high courts reached 33% in 2016. Under this context, gender equality and women empowerment within the judiciary becomes a complex and difficult task to achieve. Nevertheless, the objective of this research is to examine who are these women and how they have been able to reach the high court of their country. I work with Anibal Pérez-Liñán and the project is funded by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Rule of Law Program for Latin America.   

Judicial Independence and constitutional justice 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 and judicial independence in Paraguay. Within this project, I am coordinating several research projects. The project is financed by USAID.

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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 (2020) 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 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.

Improving Judicial Performance in Argentina through Evidence-Based Reform Initiatives. 2018. World Bank: Washington DC. (internal use only)



  • 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)


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