Jessica Zarkin studies the effects of violence on citizens’ perceptions and behavior in Latin America. Her work is profiled in this Cornell Research story.
A comparative politics PhD student in government, Zarkin is trying to understand the connection between state institutions and citizens. Her focus is on security.
When Zarkin realized the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at Cornell had surveys that specifically focused on people’s opinions on the military doing police work in Latin America, she competed for the center’s Andrew Kohut Graduate Fellowship. “The Roper Center has one of the biggest repositories in public opinion data, especially on Latin America, which is something that you don’t usually find in data centers in the U.S. They have a lot of amazing data on Latin America during the 1980s and 1990s from almost every single country in the region,” says Zarkin in the story.