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Tulane University

Riitta-Ilona Koivumaeki

Former CIPR Post-Doctoral Fellow (2015-2016)

Riitta-Ilona Koivumaeki studies the relations between the state and multinational corporations in contemporary Latin America. She is currently writing a book that analyzes how well institutional constraints of the neoliberal era have succeeded in protecting the property rights of foreign investors in the region. She is also working on related research projects on the power of international law, and the politics of natural resources.
An article based on her dissertation research has been accepted for publication in Comparative Politics. She has an article in Journal of Politics in Latin America, and a book chapter in The Resilience of the Latin American Right, edited by Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser and Juan Pablo Luna (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014).
Koivumaeki holds a PhD from the University of Texas in Austin.

  • Ph.D. in Government, The University of Texas at Austin, August, 2015
  • M.A. in Latin American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 2009
  • B.Soc.Scs. In Journalism and Mass Communication, The University of Tampere, Finland
Academic Experience Teaching assistant in the Department of Government University of Texas at Austin
  • International Politics of Latin America, Kurt Weyland, Spring, 2015
  • International Political Economy, Rachel Wellhausen, Fall 2014
Research interests
  • Latin American Politics, Comparative and International Political Economy, International Institutions, Quantitative and Research Methods
Research Experience
  • Research Assistant for Rachel Wellhausen, UT-Austin, 2013
  • Dissertation Field Research, La Paz and Santa Cruz, Bolivia, August – December 2012, and Caracas, Venezuela, January – May 2013
  • Research Assistant, Comparative Constitutions Project Zachary Elkins, UT-Austin, May – July 2012
  • Professional Development Award, UT-Austin, 2014
  • Macdonald Dissertation Fellowship, UT-Austin, 2012-2013
  • Tinker Summer Field Research Grant, UT-Austin, 2011
  • Tinker Summer Field Research Grant, UT-Austin, 2010

Finnish, English, Spanish, Swedish (basic), German (basic)

Selected Publications
  • 2010. ‘€Business, Economic Experts, and Conservative Party Building in Latin America: The Case of El Salvador,‘€ Journal of Politics in Latin America, 2(1): 79-106.
  • 2014. ‘€œEl Salvador: Societal Cleavages, Strategic Elites, and the Success of the Right,‘€ in Rovira Kaltwasser, Cristóbal and Juan Pablo Luna (eds.), The Resilience of the Latin American Right. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • 2014. ‘€Petrocaribe: el petróleo como herramienta geopolítica,‘€ with Pedro Luis Rodríguez Sosa, Debates IESA, 19(3): 84-85.
  • 2015. “Evading the Constraints of Globalization: Oil & Gas Nationalization in Venezuela and Bolivia,” Comparative Politics. Forthcoming, October 2015.

Link to full CV