I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Social and Political Sciences at Bocconi University and a researcher at CLEAN. I work in the fields of comparative politics and political economy, with a regional focus on Latin America. My research examines political corruption, contemporary threats to democracy, environmental degradation, and electoral fraud.
My book project focuses on the reaction of political elites to anti-corruption policies. In on-going projects, I investigate the political consequences of convictions for corruption, nepotism in public employment, democratic erosion and the political economy of deforestation.
I received my PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and previously studied Economics and Political Science in Brazil and in Europe. My research has been funded by J-PAL Governance Initiative, the Tinker Institute, UCLA’s International and Latin American Institutes, and Bank of Italy’s Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF). I am a fellow of Corruption in the Global South.
Contact: gehrke.manoel (at) unibocconi.it