I am currently a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of Pennsylvania, and a graduate fellow at the Penn Development Research Initiative and the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy. I am interested in comparative politics and the political economy of development, with a substantive focus on environmental politics in the Global South.

In my book-length dissertation, I study the political and institutional determinants (and barriers) of green energy transitions in Latin America. My research analyzes how and when policies restructure incentives for key public- and private-sector stakeholders in the energy sector.  While my main work focuses on environmental politics, I also have done extensive research on the politics of health.

Before coming to Penn, I received a MA in Political Science from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella and a BA in Political Science from Universidad de Buenos Aires.

For more information about my research, please contact me at scunial@sas.upenn.edu.