Biography

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Dr. McNulty, Associate Professor at Franklin and Marshall College, is a Latin Americanist with expertise in decentralization, participatory governance, gender, and development. She is the author of Voice and Vote: Decentralization and Participation in Post-Fujimori Peru (Stanford University Press, 2011), which explores the origin and implementation of a Peruvian decentralization reform that is considered to be one of the most participatory in Latin America.

Dr. McNulty’s current book project explores the effect of nationally mandated participatory reforms in the developing world. Nationally mandated participatory reforms are becoming more common in countries seeking to reduce the gap between dissatisfied citizens and unresponsive governments. The book tests the hypothesis that top-down national participatory reforms strengthen democratic governance over time. The first cross-national comparison on this issue, the study promises to contribute to both scholarly and policy debates about whether it is possible to mandate democracy from above.

Dr. McNulty is also embarking on a new project that explores the issue of inclusion and participatory governance. Her initial work in Peru suggests that participatory institutions are not naturally inclusive and that historically marginalized populations are not engaged equally in forums and meetings. Future work will focus on gathering more data on the nature and impact of engaging diverse voices in subnational participatory institutions.

Dr. McNulty has worked, lived, and conducted extensive fieldwork in Chile, Honduras, Peru, Bolivia, and Guatemala. She has a Ph.D. in Political Science from The George Washington University and a M.A. in Political Science from New York University. In addition to studying, teaching, and researching in several Latin American countries, Professor McNulty worked for several years in the field of international development as a program manager and a monitoring and evaluation specialist. This experience has allowed her to work as a consultant for USAID-funded projects around the world, including Guatemala, Bolivia, Liberia, and Peru.

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