Tulia G. Falleti, Ph.D.

Tulia Falleti is pictured from the waist up, wearing a blue shirt and a cardigan, with right hand on hip and left hand hanging down displaying a wrist watch.
Chair, Faculty Senate
Class of 1965 Endowed Term Professor of Political Science
Director of Latin American and Latinx Studies Program
Senior Fellow Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, Room 324

Tulia Falleti (Ph.D. Political Science, Northwestern University, 2003; B.A. Sociology, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1994) is the Class of 1965 Endowed Term Professor of Political Science, Director of the Latin American and Latinx Studies Program, and Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. Falleti is the author of Decentralization and Subnational Politics in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2010), which earned the Donna Lee Van Cott Award to the best book on political institutions by the Latin American Studies Association; and, with Santiago Cunial, of Participation in Social Policy (Elements in the Politics of Development, Cambridge University Press, 2018).  She is co-editor, with Orfeo Fioretos and Adam Sheingate, of The Oxford Handbook of Historical Institutionalism (Oxford University Press, 2016), and with Emilio Parrado of Latin America Since the Left Turn (University of Pennsylvania, 2018), among other co-edited volumes. Her articles on decentralization, federalism, authoritarianism, participation, and qualitative methods have appeared in edited volumes and journals such as the American Political Science ReviewComparative Political StudiesPubliusQualitative SociologyStudies in Comparative International Development, and World Politics among others. As Principal Investigator of an interdisciplinary team, Falleti has been awarded a $5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation “Just Futures” initiative. Collaborating with partners throughout the Americas, the Penn team will develop the project “Dispossessions in the Americas: The Extraction of Bodies, Land, and Cultural Heritage from La Conquista to the Present.”Among other objectives,  Falleti is researching the articulation of indigenous peoples’ demands regarding territorial claims, rights to prior consultation, living well, and plurinationality; and collaborating with two non-governmental health organizations to assess the effectiveness of mobile health care for indigenous women and children in remote rural areas.

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