Calla Hummel

Asst. Professor

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About Calla Hummel

Calla Hummel is an assistant professor in the University of Miami’s Department of Political Science and received her PhD from the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. She studies when and why informal workers organize to lobby the state. More generally, she investigates the conditions under which marginalized people form politically powerful interest groups.

Calla uses statistical, ethnographic, survey, computational, and formal methods. She conducts research with street vendor unions in La Paz, Bolivia and São Paulo, Brazil. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Washington.


2009B.A. International Studies University of Washington
2014 Political Science University of Texas at Austin
2017Ph.D. Political Science University of Texas at Austin

Professional Experience

2014 - 2015Visiting Scholar, Graduate Program in Development, Universidad Mayor de San Andres
2017 - Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Miami

Honors & Acknowledgements

Institute for the Americas Book Conference, November 2018, $4,500
University of Miami
Civic Engagement Faculty Fellowship, June–December 2018, $2,500
University of Miami
Alexander George Best Article Award, 2017
Qualitative and Multi-Method Research Section
Graduate Research Fellowship, June 2013-June 2017, $134,000
National Science Foundation
EITM Summer Institute, June 2017
EITM Summer Institute, June 2016
EITM Certification Scholarship, July 2015
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship: Guarani, August 2012–June 2013, $15,000
Department of Education
Continuing Fellowship, August–December 2016, $10,000
University of Texas at Austin
Summer Research Fellowship, June 2016, $6,500
Lozano Long Summer Research Grant, June 2012, $1,000
Boren Scholarship: Brazil, June 2008–June 2009, $20,000
Department of Defense

Conferences & Events

“Burn Down City Hall: Policy Negotiation and Violent Protest in Bolivia | Barcelona
Presented at the Latin American Studies Association Conference
Why the Working Poor Organize: A Machine Learning Analysis of Civil Society, Education, and State Capacity | New Orleans
Presented at the Southern Political Science Association Conference

LIST OF SPECIALTIES: Collective action, civil society, labor politics, regulation and enforcement, corruption, Latin American politics, informal economies, Bolivia, Brazil, research design


Calla Hummel "Do Poor Citizens Benefit from Mega-Events? S˜ao Paulo’s Street Vendors and the 2014 FIFA World Cup" Latin American Politics and Society 60(4) (2018).

Calla Hummel "Bribery Cartels: Collusive Corruption in Bolivian Street Markets" Latin American Research Review 53(2) (2018).

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