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Nathalia Carolina Sandoval

Assistant Professor

Nathalia Sandoval is an Assistant Professor at the Fundaçao Getulio Vargas since 2021. She holds a Ph.D. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin (2021). She earned her M.A in Political Science at the Universidad de los Andes (2012, Bogotá, Colombia). She studied Law (2006) and specialized in Constitutional Law (2007) at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. 

She specializes in law and politics, and comparative politics. Specifically, her research focuses on Latin American legal institutions, including courts and human rights, and the relationship between national institutions and local communities. She is particularly interested in qualitative and mixed methods. Her last research inquiries the conditions under which indigenous peoples have introduced significant modifications in the national institutions in charge of the right to free, prior, and informed consultation. Her study shows how indigenous peoples in Colombia and Bolivia have overcome their limited power, in contrast with that of the state and extractive companies, to produce institutional change. 

Nathalia has extensive experience in working with civil society and non-governmental organizations. She is the author of Movilizarse ante la Corte: trayectoria y efectos de tres episodios de movilización legal constitucional de feministas, indígenas, y víctimas de crímenes de Estado en Colombia ( Editorial Universidad de los Andes, 2016).