About Me

 Welcome to my website! I’m a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Grinnell College. Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs (2017-2019). I hold a B.A. from Coe College (2004), a Masters in Ethno-Communal Conflict from University College Dublin (2008), and a Ph.D. in comparative politics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison (2017).

My research focuses on political and criminal violence, illicit markets, public security, and non-state governance in Latin America. My current book project, “Seeing Like a Gang” examines the nature of political authority and the variation in governing strategies of drug trafficking gangs in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas.

My research has been funded by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council’s Drugs, Security and Democracy in Latin America and the International Dissertation Research Fellowships as well as the Department of Education through the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad. 

Contact Info:
Nicholas Barnes
HSSC S3334
1226 Park St.
Grinnell, IA 50112
barnesni (at) grinnell (dot) edu

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