Diego Sazo

Diego Sazo

PhD Candidate

Department of Government

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Key Expertise
Political violence, Contentious politics, Latin American politics

About me

Thesis: 'Furious Democracies: Dismissive Governments and the Rise of Violent Dissent in South America, 2018-2020'

I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Government. My research examines the varied forms and trajectories of collective violence in Latin America. In particular, I study the causal mechanisms that shaped rioting events during recent popular uprisings (2018-2020), seeking to explain why they differed across countries. I am doing this using a comparative historical analysis, combining extensive historical research, quantitative data, and ethnographic fieldwork.

Prior to joining the LSE, I worked as a conflict advisor in the Ministry of Interior and Public Security of Chile (2014-2018). I hold a B.A. in Political Science from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and an M.Sc. in Conflict Studies from the LSE.

My research is funded by the Chilean National Agency for Research and the Sir Patrick Gillam Scholarship Fund.

Research interests

  • Political violence
  • Contentious politics
  • Latin American politics

Selected publications

  • Huneeus, S., Luna, J., Toro, S., Sazo, D. et al. 2021. “Delayed and Approved: A Quantitative Study of Conflicts and the Environmental Impact Assessments of Energy Projects in Chile, 2012–2017”, Sustainability 13(6989): 1-13.
  • Dammert, L., Sazo, D. 2020. “Scapegoats of the 2019 Chilean Riots: From Foreign Intervention to Riff-Raff Involvement”, SAIS Review 40(2): 121-135.
  • Bustamante, G., Sazo, D. 2016. Democracy and Constituent Power. Santiago: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 406 pp. [In Spanish].
  • Sazo, D. 2013. Machiavelli’s Revolution. The Prince after 500 years. Santiago: UAI-CAIP, 326 pp. [In Spanish]. 


Professor Francisco Panizza (Supervisor) and Dr Bill Kissane (Advisor)