Diana Rodriguez-Franco

Area(s) of Interest:  sociology of comparative development, comparative and historical sociology, political and economic sociology, sociology law and globalization, taxation, state building, human rights, Latin America

Current Research
Diana Rodríguez Franco is a PhD candidate in Sociology from Northwestern University. She holds a M.A. (Sociology) from Northwestern University, a J.D. from the University of Los Andes (Colombia) and a B.A. in Economics from the same school. Her work focuses on the political economy of development, comparative environmental politics, comparative and historical sociology, sociology of law and human rights, and political sociology, with a focus on Latin America. Her publications include “Internal Wars, Taxation, and State Building” (American Sociological Review, 2016), Radical Deprivation on Trial: The Impact of Judicial Activism on Socioeconomic Rights in the Global South (with C. Rodríguez-Garavito, Cambridge University Press, 2015), “Dependency Theory” (with J. Mahoney, forthcoming), “Globalizing Intellectual Property Rights: The Politics of Law and Public Health” (Routledge, 2012). She is a research associate at the Center for the Study of Law, Justice, and Society (Dejusticia) in Bogota, Colombia.

Her master’s thesis entitled “Internal Wars, Taxation, and State Building” (published in the American Sociological Review) addresses the question of whether internal wars can build states. It offers a new conceptual framework for understanding the effects of internal wars on state building, as measured through taxation. The leverage provided by this framework is demonstrated through a case study of Colombia.

Her doctoral work engages with the tension between development and environmental conservation. It looks at the role of institutions, particular participatory institutions, in protecting the environment. To do so it focuses on two institutions actuated by individuals to protect the environment –popular consultations and prior consultations (jointly with “resguardos”)- that while very different, share the core characteristic of being deployed to resist large-scale mining and safeguard the environment, notably water.