Juan Gélvez (he/him) is a Ph.D. student in Government and Politics at The University of Maryland, College Park. His research interests focus on political behavior, crime, and environmental politics in Latin America. His research has a computational approach: impact evaluations, survey experiments, and spatial analysis. Before starting his Ph.D., Gélvez-Ferreira worked as a researcher at Universidad de Los Andes and Fundación Ideas para la Paz in Colombia, his home country. Also, he led the citizen security group at the Departamento Nacional de Planeación at the Colombian National Government. Gélvez-Ferreira holds a master's degree in Public Policy and a bachelor's in Government and Public Affairs from Universidad de Los Andes.



Areas of Interest

  • Political Violence
  • Illicit economies
  • Public policy
  • Environmental Politics
  • Latin America
  • Causal inference
  • Mixed methods


  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Government and Public Affairs - Universidad de Los Andes
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Public Policy - Universidad de Los Andes
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Government and Politics


  • 2022-05-03
    Rapoport Family Foundation Summer Research Collaborative Award
  • 2021-08-01
    Dean’s Fellowship - University of Maryland
  • 2021-08-01
    Doctoral studies’ scholarship - University of Maryland
  • 2023-04-27
    Lussier Summer Research Fellowship

Research Topics

  • Methodology
  • Comparative Politics
Juan Gélvez-Ferreira
jgelvez [at] umd.edu