Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations, and Professorial Fellow in Nuffield College; LAC Associate Member
Ezequiel González Ocantos (BA, MPhil Cantab 2006; Ph.D. Notre Dame, 2012) is Associate Professor in the Qualitative Study of Comparative Political Institutions in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, and Professorial Fellow in Nuffield College. His research focuses on the determinants of judicial behaviour in cases of state repression. In particular, he studies how the diffusion of international legal ideas by local activists changes the way judges and prosecutors in Latin America perceive these cases and the legal viability of ruling against impunity. His book manuscript “Shifting Legal Visions: Judicial Change and Human Rights Trials in Latin America” is currently under advanced contract with Cambridge University Press. Some of his findings can be found in this recent article. González Ocantos is also part of a collaborative research team interested in the political economy of vote buying and voter intimidation in Latin America. As part of this project, they fielded original post-electoral surveys in over 12 countries in order to explore how pervasive are both vote buying and intimidation during elections, who gets targeted by parties, what citizens think about these electoral practices, etc. His work on these topics has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science (here and here), Comparative Politics (here), Comparative Political Studies (here) and The International Journal of Human Rights (forthcoming). Gonzalez Ocantos received APSA’s 2013 Edward S. Corwin Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of Public Law.