Catherine Conaghan

Catherine Conaghan

Professor Emeritus


PhD; M. Phil, MA (Yale); BA (Pittsburgh)

Political Studies

Arts and Science


Catherine M. Conaghan is a specialist in Latin American politics, with a focus on the Andean region. Her research has included extensive fieldwork in Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. Fujimori’s Peru: Deception in the Public Sphere (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005) is her latest book. Her earlier books are Restructuring Domination: Industrialists and the State in Ecuador (1988) and Unsettling Statecraft: Democracy and Neoliberalism in the Central Andes (with James Malloy, 1994). She has been affiliated with the Center of International Studies at Princeton University, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Helen Kellogg Institute of the University of Notre Dame, the North-South Institute of the University of Miami, and the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos. She served as visiting Fulbright scholar in Peru in 1997. In 2000, she was appointed as the visiting Knapp Chair in Liberal Arts at the University of San Diego. Her publications include articles in the Journal of Latin American Studies, Latin American Research Review, and Studies in Comparative International Development. Her current research, a comparative study funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, is entitled, “The Aftermath of Presidential Corruption in Latin America.” She received her doctorate from Yale University.

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Fujimori's Peru: Deception in the Public Sphere. 2005. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.

"The Immoral Economy of Fujimorismo." 2005.  In The Fujimori Legacy: The Rise of Electoral Authoritarianism in Peru, edited by Julio F. Carrión. University Park, Pa.: The Pennsylvania State University Press.

Más allá del minimalismo: Una agenda para unir democracia y desarrollo (Beyond Minimalism:  An Agenda to Join Democracy and Development). 2004.  In La Democracia en América Latina, edited by the United Nations Development Programme, 107-120.New York: United Nations Development Program.

"Cashing in on Authoritarianism: Media Collusion in Fujimori’s  Peru," 2002. Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics 7, 1 (Winter): 115-125

To Be a Worker: Politics and Identity in Peru. By Jorge Parodi. 2000. Translated by James Alstrum and Catherine Conaghan. Edited and with an Introduction by Catherine Conaghan. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina.