Katherine Bersch

Research Interests

Governance, State Capacity, Models of Decision-Making, Latin American Politics, State Building


Dr. Katherine Bersch is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. Her research is focused on governance reform and state capacity, with an emphasis in Latin America. She employs a range of research methods to understand the political conditions under which policies designed to reduce corruption, increase transparency, and enhance accountability are successful and durable. Bersch’s work has been published or is forthcoming in Comparative Politics, Governance, the European Journal of Development ResearchInformation Polity, and in Miguel Centeno, Atul Kohli, and Deborah Yashar's edited volume with Dinsha Mistree, States in the Developing World. She is the recipient of the 2015 LAPIS Award from the Latin American Studies Association for her paper on state capacity with Sérgio Praça and Matthew M. Taylor, and her research has been supported by a Fulbright IIE Grant, a Boren Fellowship from the National Security Education Program, an Eisenhower-Roberts Fellowship, a Mike Hogg Endowed Fellowship from the University of Texas, and a National P.E.O. Scholar Award. Bersch earned her PhD in Government in August 2015 from the University of Texas at Austin.