Palácio do Congresso Nacional. Brasília, 1960. Foto: Marcel Gautherot/IMS






Dr. Katherine Bersch is a Postdoctoral Fellow of Global Governance at McGill University‘s Institute for the Study of International Development. She is also a research affiliate with The Governance Project at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.  Beginning in Fall 2018, she will be an assistant professor of political science at Davidson College

Her research is broadly focused on democratic quality in developing countries, with an emphasis on governance reform and state capacity in Latin America. Bersch’s work has been published or is forthcoming in Comparative PoliticsGovernance, the European Journal of Development ResearchInformation Polity, Centeno, Kohli, and Yashar’s edited volume, States in the Developing World, and the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage. Her book manuscript, When Democracies Deliver: Governance Reform in Latin America, is under contract with Cambridge University Press.  She is the recipient of the 2015 LAPIS Award from the Latin American Studies Association for her coauthored paper on state capacity, and her research has been supported by a U.S. Student Fulbright Grant, a Boren Fellowship from the National Security Education Program, an Eisenhower-Roberts Fellowship, a Mike Hogg Endowed Fellowship, and a National P.E.O. Scholar Award.

She joined McGill from Stanford University, where she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law. She holds a Ph.D. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.