Veronica Herrera studies the politics of development in Global South cities with a focus on Latin America. In particular, her research has focused on environmental policymaking, sustainability and water policy. She is the author of Water and Politics: Clientelism and Reform in Urban Mexico (University of Michigan Press, 2017), which received the Dennis Judd Best Book Award for the Urban and Local Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. Dr. Herrera received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and her B.A. from Swarthmore College.
Dr. Herrera’s work has been published or is forthcoming in Comparative Politics, World Development, Latin American Politics and Society, PS: Political Science and Politics, and Perspective on Politics. She has been a visiting scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, and has received research support from the Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the American Association of University Women, the SSRC, UC-Mexus, and Fulbright.
Dr. Herrera is working on her next book project which examines the creation of urban environmental advocacy movements surrounding toxic exposure from wastewater-contaminated rivers in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Bogotá, Colombia and Lima, Peru. This book project, tentatively titled The Politics of Slow Harms: Environmental Degradation and Collective Action in Latin American Cities, examines the search for environmental justice and the diverse demand making strategies of citizens as they seek to influence policy change in resource scarce settings.
Before joining Luskin, Dr. Herrera was an assistant professor in the political science department of the University of Connecticut.