Jami Nelson-Nuñez

Assistant Professor
Political Science

Jami Nelson-Nuñez is an assistant professor of political science.  Her work focuses on the challenges of development and extending basic services to the poor in developing contexts.  Her recent project explores the political effects of non-governmental organizations on local politics in developing contexts, investigating the ways that NGO service provision affects local government’s support for public health services.  As a policy area, Dr. Nelson-Nuñez focuses on water, sanitation and health, especially the goal of achieving universal access to drinking water and improved sanitation.  Her research is based in the Peruvian Amazon where she directed a four-year NSF-funded project with an interdisciplinary team of engineers and social scientists to explore the sustainability of water and sanitation infrastructure in rural and peri-urban communities.

Research Interests 

What is your area of expertise?

My primary interest is the development of robust service-delivery addressing the needs of the poor. My research is based primarily in Latin America but I have also extended my focus to Somalia and other conflict-affected contexts.  As a policy area, I focus on water, sanitation and hygiene. I specialize in multi-method research methodology, with an emphasis in household surveys.

What are your areas of interest related to health policy?

I am interested in the development of effective governance capable of delivering basic services critical to public health, such as energy access, clean water, improved sanitation and health services.

My research is generally focused on developing contexts in Latin America and Africa but is expanding to address similar challenges in pockets of high poverty in the United States.

Relevant Publications

Boulding, Carew and Jami Nelson-Nunez. 2014. "Civil Society and Support for the Political System in Times of Crisis," Latin American Research Review.  Vol. 49 (1), 128-154.

Andersson, Krister and Jami Nelson-Nunez. 2013. "Rural Development," in The Oxford Companion to Comparative Politics, eds. Craig Murphy, Margaret Crahan and Joel Krieger. New York: Oxford University Press, 332-334.