Postdoctoral Fellowships

PDRI-DevLab hosts several postdoctoral research fellows who work on a wide range of international development topics and projects. PDRI-DevLab also participates in university-wide postdoctoral programs, such as the Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity. PDRI-DevLab’s Postdoctoral Fellowships provide young scholars with valuable time to advance their own research agenda, while also contributing to PDRI-DevLab’s research projects.

Postdoctoral fellows play a key role in PDRI-DevLab’s intellectual community. They take part and present in PDRI-DevLab’s academic year seminar series, plan conferences, and participate in feedback workshops. They also serve as mentors to PDRI-DevLab-affiliated graduate students and other staff.

Postdoctoral fellowship opportunities are announced on our jobs page as they arise.


Current PDRI-DevLab postdoctoral fellows

Carlos Schmidt-Padilla, 2022-
Carlos’ research interests encompass the political economy of development of Latin America and of sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, he studies questions concerning crime, human capital, migration, and policing under weak institutional settings. Carlos received his doctorate in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, in August 2021, where he was also a Research Associate at the Center on the Politics of Development.



Diego Romero, 2022-23
Diego is interested in issues of governance, in particular corruption and accountability, and the interface between civil society, democratic backsliding, and digital media. His second major research interest is in the application of big data analytics to digital media to study the interface between corruption, civil society and democratic backsliding. As an original contributor to the Machine Learning for Peace Project (MLP), Diego applies the latest machine learning techniques to create and analyze an unprecedented high-frequency dataset of civic space events.


Roya Talibova, 2022-23
Roya’s research and teaching address a variety of topics related to political violence and its long-run effects on political economy and development, with a special emphasis on the broader Eurasian region. Her dissertation studies combat motivation in authoritarian regimes. Specifically, she examines why ordinary civilians support an autocrat’s war-making efforts in the aftermath of repression and marginalization, and how wartime experiences affect repressed citizens’ post-conflict behavior. Her dissertation work is part of a larger substantive research agenda that seeks to understand the short- and long-run effects of political violence on the political and economic development of states.


Liana Eustacia Reyes, Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow, 2022-23
Liana’s work examines the determinants and consequences of conflict resolution mechanisms. To date, her research has been generously funded by the National Science Foundation and Rice University. It has also been published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Studies Quarterly, and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism.



To learn more about our current postdoctoral fellows, visit our staff page.


Former PDRI-DevLab Postdoctoral Fellows

Stephanie Zonszein
PDRI-DevLab Postdoctoral Fellow, 2020-2022
Assistant Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley