Natán Skigin

PhD Student

University of Notre Dame


I am a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and a PhD Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. I use causal inference, machine learning, and field research to study the causes and consequences of criminal violence, democratic and authoritarian institutions, and local governance, with a regional focus on Latin America. My work has been published in Legislative Studies Quarterly (LSQ).


  • Political and Criminal Violence
  • Political Methodology
  • Latin American Politics


  • PhD student in Political Science, 2023 (expected)

    University of Notre Dame

  • MA in Political Science, 2018

    Universidad Torcuato Di Tella

  • BA in Political Science, 2015

    Universidad de Buenos Aires

Working papers


Resignation as Promotion?

Why do certain legislators leave office earlier?

Dictators’ Quandary

What is the effect of multipartism on regime change?

Let the Voters Decide

Why do some parties hold contested primaries while others do not?

Predicting Large-Scale Violence in Criminal Wars

What predicts violence in Mexico?

Silencing the Press in Criminal Wars

Why are so many journalists killed in Mexico?

The Unintended Consequences of Democratic Reforms

How the introduction of electronic voting curbed violence in Brazil