Regina Bateson

Regina Bateson

Assistant Professor of Political Science

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Research methods; comparative politics; Latin America; qualitative; crime; vigilantism; security; violence; post-conflict; civil war.


Regina Bateson is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at MIT. She joined the Department in July 2013, after completing her PhD at Yale University. She studies comparative politics, with interests in crime, violence, civil wars, policing, and informal institutions. Her current book project explores the ways that ordinary people understand and provide for their own security. The book draws on extensive field research in Guatemala, where Regina argues that local experiences during the civil war explain variation in postwar systems of vigilantism and social control. In a separate research agenda, she is also investigating how violence and trauma affect political behavior.

Regina's work has twice been recognized by the American Political Science Association: in 2014 she won the Gabriel A. Almond Award for the best dissertation in comparative politics, and in 2013, she won the Heinz I. Eulau Award for the best article published in the American Political Science Review in the previous year. Regina received her BA from Stanford University, and she was previously a Foreign Service Officer for the US Department of State. Her research has been supported by the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at MIT, the National Science Foundation, the Tinker Foundation, and Yale University.

Recent Publications

Bateson, Regina. 2012. “Crime Victimization and Political Participation.” American Political Science Review, Vol. 106, No. 3: 570-587.


17.55J Introduction to Latin American Studies
17.850 Scope and Methods
17.878 Qualitative Research Methods