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Viridiana Rios

Mexico Institute

Contact Information:
T +521-552/011-1407
International Development
Security and Defense
International Security
Organized Crime
Independent Academic and Policy Adviser
Wilson Center Project(s):
"Economic Policy for Crime Deterrence in Mexico"

Viridiana Rios is an academic whose work focuses on understanding illegal industries, violence, public/national security issues, and justice reform. Relying on econometrics, big data and formal modeling, her research aims to solve several puzzles about citizen security from our ability to accurately measure violence, to our understanding of criminal behavior/mobility, and the link between corruption, social networks and crime prevention. She was awarded Harvard's Merit Fellowship for Outstanding Research, was selected as one of the top-12 young experts on crime by NBER's Working Group of the Economics of Crime, and was profiled at Harvard Gazette as one of the 15 Harvard's stellar graduates of 2013. Working as an independented scholar and consultant, Viridiana has functioned as senior security adviser to Mexico's current Minister of Finance and former Mexican President's Security Spokesman. She has also worked and researched at the Center for US-Mexico Studies (UCSD), the Trans-border Institute, the Counter-terrorism Committee at the United Nations, USAID, The World Bank, Mexico's Security Council, and Mexico's Ministry of Social Development. Viridiana is currently a collaborator of Stanford University's Program in Poverty and Governance.

Personal website: http://www.gov.harvard.edu/people/viridiana-rios-contreras

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