- Ph.D., Political Science, Texas A&M University, 2007
- M.A., Political Science, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, 2002
- B.S. Colegio Mayor de Cundinamarca, Bogotá, Colombia
- Public Management
- Governance in Developing Countries
- Comparative Public Policy
- Latin American Politics and Political Economy
- Comparative Public Administration & Management
Her main research interests include decentralization, public policy, innovation, and public management and governance with a regional focus on Latin America. Specifically, Avellaneda investigates the determinants of government performance in Latin American municipalities by focusing on the role of the local chief executive-the mayor.
Avellaneda conducts field research in Latin American countries. For her doctoral dissertation, addressing the impact of mayors' education and experience on social service delivery and public finance, she conducted personal interviews with 200 mayors from 12 Latin American countries. She has extended this line of research to Brazilian, Honduran, and Salvadorian municipalities. Currently, her research focuses on the Mexican, Ecuadorian and Chilean municipalities. Professor Avellaneda serves on the editorial boards of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, Public Management Review, Urban Affairs Review, and Fudan Public Administration Review.