Juan Diego Alvarado De León is a first-year Ph.D. student at the Government and Politics department at the University of Maryland, College Park. His research interests lie at the intersection of electoral and contentious politics, with a focus on parties, movements and other organizations in Latin America. At the University of Maryland, he is a member of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center (LASC) as well as of the Interdisciplinary Laboratory of Computational Social Science (iLCSS). Before joining the graduate program at UMD, he worked as a researcher at the Instituto de Estudios Democráticos at Panama's Electoral Tribunal. He holds a Master of Science in Democracy and Comparative Politics at University College London and a Law degree from Universidad Santa María la Antigua. 


Areas of Interest

  • Comparative Politics
  • Political Parties
  • Representation
  • Contentious Politics
  • Electoral Politics
  • Latin America
  • Mixed Methods


  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Democracy and Comparative Politics - University College London
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Law and Political Science - Universidad Santa María la Antigua, Panamá


  • 2022-10-10
    Dean's Fellowship - University of Maryland
  • 2015-09-20
    Chevening Scholarship - Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom


  • Latin American Studies Association – LASA
  • Latin American Studies Association – LASA
  • Asociación Latinoamericana de Ciencia Política - ALACIP
  • Asociación Latinoamericana de Ciencia Política - ALACIP

Research Topics

  • Methodology
  • Comparative Politics
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