Claudia N. Avellaneda

Associate Professor

(812) 856-9026
Room Number:
SPEA 453

Curriculum Vitae


  • 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, Bogot√°, Colombia


  • Public Management
  • Governance in Developing Countries
  • Comparative Public Policy
  • Latin American Politics and Political Economy


Dr. Claudia N. Avellaneda specializes in public management and governance in developing countries with special emphasis on local governments. She joined SPEA in 2013 after serving as assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and graduate coordinator of Latin American Studies at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Avellaneda also holds affiliated faculty status with Indiana University's Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Political Science Department, and Ostrom Workshop on Political Theory and Policy Analysis.

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.


  • Lincoln Institute of Land Policy grant for "Determinants of Property Value Reappraisals: A Critical Question for Municipal Fiscal Health In Latin America" (2015)
  • Inaugural Recipient of (2015) Most Inclusive Award, SPEA Student Choice Awards
  • Latina Women' Achievement Award (2011), Latin American Student Organization, UNC-Charlotte
  • Special Recognition, International Women's Day Celebration by the UNCC International Women's Day Committee
  • Bryan D. Jones Award (2007), outstanding graduate student in Political Science, Texas A&M University
  • Mentor of the Year in the 2006-2007 Aggie Women in Leadership Program. Texas A&M University.

Selected Works

  • “Is Small Beautiful? Testing the Direct and Nonlinear Effects of Size on Municipal Performance.” (with Ricardo Corrêa Gomes), Public Administration Review, on-line preview access (2014)
  • “Mayoral Decision Making: Issue Salience, Decision Context and Choice Constraint? An Experimental Study with 120 Latin American Mayors,” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 23 (3): 631-661 (2013)
  • “Mayoral Public Sector Work Experience and Tax Collection Performance in Colombian Local Governments,” (with N. Petrovsky), International Public Management Journal, 17 (2) (2013)
  • "Municipal Revenue Strategy in a Latin American Setting: Does the Public Manager’s Background Matter?” Public Management Review, 14 (8): 1061-1086 (2012)
  • “Market Orientation and Public Service Performance: NPM Gone Mad?” (with G. Brewer, G. Boyne, and R. Walker), Public Administration Review, 71 (5): 707-717 (2011)
  • “The Diffusion of Innovation: A Longitudinal Empirical Test of the Berry and Berry Model,” (with F. S. Berry and R. Walker), Public Management Review, 13 (1): 95-125 (2011). [*Third place on the award of the 2012 Kooiman Prize for the best paper in Public Management Review in 2011]
  • “Municipal Performance: Does Mayoral Quality Matter? Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 19 (2): 285-312 (2009)
  • “Mayoral Quality and Local Public Finance.” Public Administration Review, May/June: 469-486 (2009)