An Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, Professor Falleti's research and teaching interests span issues of democratization, political and civic participation, federalism and decentralization, and Latin American politics. Her book "Decentralization and Subnational Politics in Latin America" (2010, Cambridge University Press) won the 2011 Donna Lee Van Cott Award for the best book in Latin American political institutions from the Latin American Studies Association and her article “A Sequential Theory of Decentralization: Latin American Cases in Comparative Perspective,” published in the American Political Science Review (Vol. 99, No. 3, August 2005: 327-346), earned the 2006 Gregory Luebbert Award for the best article in comparative politics from the American Political Science Association. Falleti challenges the conventional wisdom that decentralization reforms always put more power in the hands of governors and mayors. In her book, she develops a sequential theory and method to explain the origins and evolution of the decentralization of government processes and their markedly divergent effects on the distribution of power among national and subnational actors across countries. The book’s comparative analysis is based on more than 150 in-depth interviews, archival documents, governmental data, and extensive fieldwork carried out in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico. Falleti’s research has also appeared in Comparative Political Studies, Studies in Comparative International Development, Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Qualitative Sociology, Critique Internationale (France), and in top-tier Latin American journals of Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. And she has contributed to edited volumes printed in the United States, Argentina, and Brazil. Prof. Falleti is working on her second book-length research project on the politics of local community participation in Latin America. Moreover, she is coeditor of a volume on Argentine Federalism in Comparative Perspective (under review) and of the (Oxford) Handbook of Historical Institutionalism (under contract with Oxford University Press). Since 2010, Prof. Falleti is a Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.