PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science

5736 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Room 201

Tania Islas Weinstein is an advanced PhD candidate in Political Science, with subfield competencies in comparative politics and political theory. She earned her BA in Political Science and International Relations at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), completed her MA in Political Science at the University of Chicago, and has most recently been a visiting research fellow at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego.

Her dissertation analyzes the political role of artists and cultural institutions in Mexico in the wake of that country’s transition to electoral democracy and attendant socioeconomic transformation. Based on eighteen months of ethnographic and archival research, and informed by multidisciplinary scholarship and theory, the project shows how changes in the art that is produced - as well as in the institutional spaces, policy decisions, and patronage networks that structure the artistic field - have had a profound effect on Mexico’s public conversations, national narratives and patrimony, and the kinds of politics and critique deemed possible in the country’s post-autocratic, free-market context.