Jessie Bullock

Rio de Janeiro's North Zone of the city. Taken in 2017.

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard University, studying Comparative Politics and Political Economy. My research interests include organized crime, political violence, corruption and machine politics, and governance and rule of law. My dissertation book project, Machine [Gun] Politics, is about the causes and consequences of organized crime's involvement in politics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 


I am a contributor to the Global Anticorruption Blog and am a current graduate student affiliate of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences.


Geographic Methods

Research Interest

My research combines geospatial and machine learning methodology to measure hard-to-find quantities and their effect through time and space in unique, creative ways.

The Politics of Public Security

Research Interest

My research on this topic includes the militarization of the police, economic and social effects of security interventions, and comparative security policies across Latin America.


Soldiers in Rio de Janeiro's federal intervention, Gloria. Taken in 2016.


Complexo de Alemão favela, Rio de Janeiro. Taken in 2016.

Criminal Governance

Research Interest

My research on this topic includes how territory matters for criminal groups and the social and economic effects of living under criminal governance.

Machine [Gun] Politics

Dissertation Project

My dissertation book project investigates the causes and consequences of organized crime's involvement in modern day politics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Newspaper headlines related to organized crime's involvement in elections. Taken in 2018.



Academic Advisor

I am an undergraduate thesis advisor. Topics of past theses: migration, participation, Latin American disapora (Cuba, Venezuela).

Summer 2018 - 2019

Space Matters: How Geography Affects Politics

I am the head instructor of this course at Harvard Summer Pre-College for advanced high school students.

Spring 2018

Gov 1290: Comparative Democratization

I was a Teaching Fellow for this undergraduate course, taught by Professor Steve Levitsky.

Fall 2017

Gov 2000: Quantitative Methods for Political Science

I was a Teaching Fellow for this graduate course, taught by Professor Xiang Zhou.



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