Gina Bateson


Regina Bateson is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at MIT. She joined the Department in July 2013, after completing her PhD at Yale University. She studies comparative politics, with a particular interest in the political consequences of violence. Her dissertation examines the long-term legacy of civil wars, arguing that civilians' wartime experiences can shape postwar systems of vigilantism and social control. The dissertation is based on extensive field research in rural Guatemala. Regina also studies the politics of crime, and her article "Crime Victimization and Political Participation" won the American Political Science Association's Heinz I. Eulau award for the best article published in the American Political Science Review in 2012. Regina's work combines qualitative and quantitative methods, and her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Tinker Foundation, and Yale University.

Regina received her BA from Stanford University, and previously served as a Foreign Service Officer for the US Department of State.

Recent Publications

Bateson, Regina. 2012. “Crime Victimization and Political Participation.” American Political Science Review, Vol. 106, No. 3: 570-587.


17.878 - Qualitative Research: Design and Methods