Maria Marta Maroto is a Democracy Visiting Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her research interests include urban politics, socioeconomic inequality, and illegal economies in developing democracies. In her dissertation, she explores the relationships among urban slums, illegal local markets and territorial power building in South American countries. Specifically, she examines whether and how some informal and illegal markets –such as street vending of services and goods--including stolen goods-- illegal real state, and the illegal textile industry- generate local power structures that condition or threaten state power and political party competition.
Maria is a Phd candidate at the Universidad Católica de Chile. She has a M.A. in political science with a specialization in Latin America from Torcuato Di Tella University, and a B.A. in political science from Universidad Católica Argentina.