I am a 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 conditions under which states can facilitate a fast takeoff of clean energies, with a regional focus on Latin America. My research employs mixed methods to understand how business-state relations shape greening policies, with a regional focus on Latin America. In particular, I analyze how and when green policy reforms 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 (Licenciatura) in Political Science from Universidad de Buenos Aires.

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