Camilo Nieto-Matiz

Camilo Nieto-Matiz

Assistant Professor of Political Science

University of Texas at San Antonio

About me

I am an assistant professor of political science at the University of Texas at San Antonio. I am also a research affiliate at the Violence and Transitional Justice Lab at Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute. Prior to coming to UTSA, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR) at Tulane University.

My main research interests include political economy, political and criminal violence, state capacity, the politics of land, and the intersection of conflict and democracy in Latin America. My current research explores the consequences of land inequality and criminal politics for state capacity, in particular, the state’s ability to extract revenue from the population. I am also interested in why and how changes in democratic institutions trigger outbreaks of violent conflict in some cases but in others contribute to contain violence and promote peaceful development.

  • Political and criminal violence
  • State capacity and rule of law
  • Politics of land conflict
  • PhD in Political Science, 2020

    University of Notre Dame

  • MA in Public Policy, 2013

    Universität Erfurt

  • BA in Political Science, 2009

    Pontificia Universidad Javeriana



  • The Politics of Civil Wars (G)
  • Human Rights and Global Development (G)


  • Scope and Methods for Political Science (UG)
  • Comparative Politics (UG)


  • 1 UTSA Circle, San Antonio, TX 78249
  • Multidisciplinary Studies Building 4.03.32
  • Tuesday 2:00 - 3:30 pm
    By appointment

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