Edgar Franco Vivanco

Edgar Franco Vivanco

CDDRL Pre-doctoral Fellow, 2018-19
Encina Hall, C147
616 Serra Street
Stanford, CA 94305-6055

Research Interests

Political Economy of Development, Comparative Politics, Education and Human Capital, Violence and crime, Policing, Political identity, Economic History, Computational Social Sciences, Latin American Politics


I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at Stanford University with an interest in the political economy of development and comparative politics. I was born and raised in Mexico City where I also attended college (ITAM), majoring in economics and political science. In college I spent a year abroad in Prague, Czech Republic. There, I learned a little bit of Czech (now mostly forgotten) and a lot about traveling. After graduating, I worked for two years at a policy think-tank in Mexico City. Then, I came to Stanford to study a masters on educational policy and public policy and I became deeply interested in research. After completing my masters I lived for a year in San Francisco and then decided to come back to Stanford to start my PhD. 
In my spare time I love to read non-fiction and Latin American literature. I am also an enthusiast runner, cook and traveler, as well as a violin beginner student and aspiring salsa dancer. I travel constantly to Mexico City to visit my friends and family and to eat what I consider the best food in the world.