Diego Sazo

Diego Sazo

PhD Candidate

Department of Government

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Key Expertise
Comparative politics, Political violence, Latin American politics

About me

Thesis: 'The Violent Disconnection: Broken Societies and the Logic of Civil Disorder in Latin America'

My research examines the varied trajectories of protest violence in contemporary Latin America. I study the causal mechanisms that shaped violent events during mass mobilisations over the last decade, seeking to explain how and why they differed across countries. I am doing this using a comparative historical analysis, combining extensive historical research, descriptive data, and ethnographic fieldwork in Argentina, Chile and Colombia.

Prior to joining the LSE, I worked as a conflict and security advisor in the Ministry of Interior and Public Security of Chile (2014-2018). I hold a B.A. in Political Science from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and a MSc in Conflict Studies from the LSE.

My research is funded by the Chilean National Agency for Research and the Sir Patrick Gillam Scholarship Fund.

Research interests

  • Comparative politics
  • Political violence
  • Contentious politics
  • Latin American politics

Selected publications

  • 2023: “A New Pink Tide: The Return of the Left in Brazil and Chile,” Renewal: A Journal of Social Democracy, 31(4), 92-102 (with F. Panizza).
  • 2023: “Chile 2022: From Great Expectations to Rising Pessimism,” Revista de Ciencia Politica, 43(2), 193-222. Available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/s0718-090x2023005000118.
  • 2021: “Delayed and Approved: A Quantitative Study of Conflicts and the Environmental Impact Assessments of Energy Projects in Chile, 2012–2017,” Sustainability, 13(6986), 1-13 (with S. Huneeus, J. Luna et al.). Available online: https://doi.org/10.3390/su13136986.
  • 2020: “Scapegoats of the 2019 Chilean Riots: From Foreign Intervention to Riff-Raff Involvement”, SAIS Review, 40(2): 121-135 (with L. Dammert). Available online: https://doi.org/10.1353/sais.2020.0029.
  • 2016: Democracy and Constituent Power. Fondo de Cultura Economica. (co-edited with G. Bustamante). Available: https://fondodeculturaeconomica.cl/products/democracia-y-poder-constituyente.


Professor Francisco Panizza (Supervisor), Dr Bill Kissane (Advisor) and Dr Steffen Hertog (Advisor)