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The Australian National University

Dr Tracy Beck Fenwick

D.Phil in Politics (University of Oxford), MA in Comparative Political Science (McGill University, Canada). BA in Latin American Studies and Economics (McGill University, Canada).
Senior Lecturer in Political Science, School of Politics and I.R.; Director, Australian Centre for Federalism
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Comparative Government And Politics 160603
  • Social Policy 160512
  • Policy And Administration 1605
  • Citizenship 160602
  • Political Science 1606

Research interests

Comparative Politics and Government (Regime Types), Comparative Social Policy (Developing), Poverty Alleviation Strategies (CCTs), Federalism and the Welfare State, Transitology and Democratization in Latin America, Subnational Governance and Decentralization, Political Economy of Latin America, Local and Urban Politics, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Chile and the Caribbean.


Tracy Beck Fenwick isi the Director, of the Australian Centre for Federalism (SPIR) and a lecturer in the School of Politics in the College of Arts and Social Sciences,  She was previously a a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies at ANU, and a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan. She completed her doctorate specializing in Comparative Politics at the University of Oxford, U.K. in 2009 (St. Anthony's College). She holds a M.A. in Comparative Politics and a B.A. in Latin American Studies and Economics from McGill University, Canada. Her research was recently published in a single-authored book: (2016) "Avoiding Governors: Federalism, Democracy, and Poverty Alleviation in Brazil and Argentina." Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press.  She also recently published in Global Social Policy (2013), the Journal of Politics in Latin America (2010), and in the Latin American Research Review (2009). Tracy has been a visiting researcher at the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), the Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA), and at the Fundacão Getulio Vargas (FGV-SP). From 2003 to 2004, Tracy was also young professional with the Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL) based at FLACSO in Santo Domingo.  At the School of Politics and International Relations, Tracy teaches Politics in Latin America, Power Sharing: Federalism in Comparative Perspective, Introduction ot Latin American Studies, and Contemporary Brazilian Politics.

Researcher's projects

I work on federalism and the politics of poverty alleviation in the developing world. I have researched CCTs (ideational development, policy diffusion, and the political dimentions of their implementation and outcomes--feedback effects) for over ten years. I am also interested in local and urban politics in federal countries.

I am interested in supervising topics on Latin America, Development and Democracy (including regime types), Poverty Alleviation (Social Policy), Decentralization and Subnational Government, Federalism and Territorial Politics, and/or local and urban politics.

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