Laura Montenegro Helfer

I am a fifth year PhD candidate and Pearson Scholar at the Harris School of Public Policy and the Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts (University of Chicago). I obtained degrees in Economics (BA & MA) and History (BA) from the Universidad de los Andes at Bogotá, Colombia. My main research interests lie at the intersection of economic history, political economy, and development economics.

I am currently working on a project that assesses the political effects of the South African mineral revolution at the turn of the 19th century. I have previously studied civil conflict and migration in Colombia, the long-term impacts of 19th century legislation design in Latin America, and was part of a field research team that analyzed rural local politics in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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