Elena Barham is a Ph.D. student specializing in comparative politics and the political economy of development. She studies how violence and illicit markets shape rural distributive politics, with a focus in Latin America.
Prior to coming to Columbia, Ms. Barham worked as a James C. Gaither Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She holds a B.A. in political science and philosophy from Northwestern University, and is supported by a graduate research fellowship from the National Science Foundation.