Agustín Goenaga is a PhD candidate (expected 2014) in Political Science at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and a Fellow of the Institute for European Studies. Agustín’s research at UBC has been funded by a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship since June 2010. His research interests focus on political institutions and comparative development, especially in relation to two sets of issues: (1) the historical development of state capacity, and (2) the coordinating functions of political institutions, processes of institutional corruption, and the effects of democratic innovations on the quality of government. He is interested in cross-regional comparisons, especially between Continental Europe and Latin America. In his dissertation, “Without the King’s Head: The Systemic Origins of State Capacity”, Agustín studies the evolution of state capacity in France and Mexico since the early 19th century. The research included the creation of an original time-series-cross-section dataset with several indicators measured at the sub-national level between 1870 and 1940, and 18 months of archival and historiographical research in France and Mexico. While in France, Agustín held an affiliation with the Center for European Studies at Sciences Po, Paris.

Agustín teaches courses on comparative politics, especially on the sociology of revolutions, Latin American politics, political development, and the state in comparative perspective. He is also a fellow of the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC.