Andrea Castagnola

Global Fellow

Adjunct professor at the University Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires & Consultant on justice, the rule of law and transparency for the IADB and World Bank

Andrea Castagnola is an expert in the areas of transparency, justice, institutions, accountability, and fighting corruption. She was assistant professor at Flacso-Mexico and holds a Post-Doc in Quantitative Methods from the University of Bergen, Norway. She also holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on judicial politics in Latin America and comparative politics. Her work has been published in journals such as Journal of Politics, Journal of Politics in Latin America, British Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science and Política y Gobierno.

Castagnola has recently launched a 4-months project “Assessing the role of women in the Supreme and Constitutional Courts in Latin America”. In addition she is currently working with Aníbal Pérez-Liñán on a book manuscript that aims to provide a comprehensive understanding to the factors that affect the stability of the Supreme Court justices in Latin America. She is also a part of a regional academic project that aims to identify and analyze the features and trends of constitutional reasoning in Latin America. Andrea Castagnola is also currently working with Notre Dame University and Instituto Desarrollo (Paraguay) on a 4 year-research grant to strengthen the rule of law, transparency and judicial independence in Paraguay. Within this project, she is coordinating several research projects and activities.

She has two country case study books. One about judicial behavior in Mexico (Routledge 2016, also translated into Spanish) and one about the manipulation of courts in Argentina at the national and subnational level (Routledge 2018).

Newest publications:

Pérez-Liñán, A. and Castagnola, A. 2021. “¿Activismo inocuo? La Justicia Constitucional en la era democrática” in Tres décadas de democratización en Paraguay: actores, instituciones y Sociedad, ed. Cerna Villagra, S. and Villalba S. Asunción: Centro de Estudios Antropológicos de la Universidad Católica.

Castagnola, A. 2020. “La Trampa de la Manipulación Judicial: Un análisis histórico del control político de la Corte Suprema Argentina”. Revista Uruguaya de Ciencia Política.


Castagnola, A. 2018. Manipulating Courts in New Democracies: Forcing Judges off the Bench in Argentina. Routledge: New York

Castagnola, A. and López Noriega, S. (eds.) 2016. Judicial Politics in Mexico: The Supreme Court and the Transition to Democracy. Routledge: New York.



Assessing the role of women in the Supreme and Constitutional Courts in Latin America
2021 - 2021

Political Fragmentation and Judicial Independence: An empirical study of Unconstitutional Actions in Paraguay 1995-2015
2017 - 2019

Manipulating Courts in New Democracies. Forcing Judges off the Bench in Argentina
2008 - 2016

The Mexican Supreme Court and the Transition to Democracy