Meet Alejandro Beltran Aguirre, 2019 Fund for Latino Scholarship Recipient

Alejandro Beltran Aguirre is a PhD candidate at the School of Government and Public Policy of the University of Arizona. He received his BA from the Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa and has a book on local governance in Spanish published through his alma mater. Alejandro’s dissertation explores how corrupt politicians in Mexico avoid accountability at the ballot box by buying off voters as well as exposing corruption in the auditing process of public finances at the state and local level. Through the use of econometric methods, he demonstrates that mayors are systematically embezzling money during election years and through the use of network models he finds that auditors avoid investigating corrupt mayors. As a first-generation college graduate and first-generation immigrant, Alejandro understands the barriers that many Latino students face when choosing to enter grad school, which motivates his goal of recruiting more Latino undergrads into PhD programs. Alejandro is excited to use the support of the Fund for Latino Scholarship to travel to the 2019 APSA Annual Meeting to present his research and to interview for potential tenure track positions at minority serving institutions where he can fulfill his goal of mentoring students and recruiting them into political science and grad school.

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