I am a Lecturer in the Institute of Political Science at Leiden University. I received a PhD in Political Science from the same Institute on July 1, 2021. My research focuses on political parties’ survival, parties’ mobilization strategies, and the mechanisms that foster changes in ethnic identities. My dissertation, “Surviving against all odds: Pachakutik’s electoral support, mobilization strategies, and goal achievement between 1996 and 2019”, proposes a theory of party survival that focuses on parties with low levels of electoral support and scarce resources. To illustrate my argument, I use the case of Pachakutik, an indigenous party from Ecuador. I completed over 11 months of fieldwork in Ecuador, where I conducted elite interviews and archival work. I specialize in teaching qualitative methods at the master level and small seminars on political parties and democracy with a regional focus in Latin America at the bachelor level. My work is entirely bilingual: I research, write, and teach in English and Spanish.
Before joining Leiden University, I served at the Ecuadorian Mission to the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington D.C. as Second Secretary Alternate Representative of Ecuador. I joined the Permanent Mission in July 2012. My work there concentrated on the negotiation of Inter-American Human rights conventions.
PhD in Political Science, 2021
MSc in Political Science (cum laude), 2015
BSc in Sociology with a minor in Political Science, 2011
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador
Davila Gordillo, D., & Wylie, K., (2021). Party leadership and institutionalization in Latin America. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. Oxford University Press. doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.013.1667
Davila Gordillo D. & Ragazzi F. (2017). The Radicalisation Awareness Network: Producing the EU counter-radicalisation discourse In: Carrera S., Mitsilegas V. (Eds.) Constitutionalising the Security Union Effectiveness, Rule of Law and Rights in Countering Terrorism and Crime. Brussels: Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS). 54-63. PDF
“Believe in Me: Parties’ Strategies During a Pandemic”. Paper manuscript with Angélica Abad, Raúl Aldaz, and Sebastián Vallejo. (R&R)
The surprising new votes for Pachakutik in 2021: the indigenous voters, and segmented mobilization strategies. Paper manuscript
Who votes for Pachakutik? Ethnic voting in Ecuador. Paper manuscript.
The Ecuadorian paradox of recognition: the fragmentation of the indígena category. Paper manuscript with Frank de Zwart.
Polarization and Party-System Populism: the Case of Ecuador. Paper manuscript with Angélica Abad, Raúl Aldaz, and Sebastián Vallejo.
“Covert racism in Ecuador”. Paper manuscript with Sebastián Vallejo and Joan Timoneda
Women voting for women? Ecuadorian women voting preferences. Paper manuscript with Sebastián Vallejo
Non-peer reviewed publications
Davila Gordillo, D. (2021). Elecciones presidenciales en el Ecuador: flashback al pasado y un futuro incierto . In Voz y Voto.
Abad, A., Aldaz, R., Davila Gordillo, D., Vallejo, S., (2021). Ecuador: cómo diferenciarse cuando compites con 16 candidatos . Agenda Pública
Geo-Party-Links Ecuador 2021 with Angelica Abad, Raul Aldaz, and with Sebastian Vallejo Vera. Data on mobilization strategies used by parties and candidadres during the 2021 national election in Ecuador (forthcoming).
Chapter 4 appendix ecological inference estimations
Chapter 5 appendix Pachakutik’s appeals data and chronology of events
2020 - 2021
Lecturer: Qualitative Research Methods (x4)
2019 - 2020
Lecturer: Qualitative Research Methods (x2)
2020 - 2021
Lecturer: Bachelor Project Seminar: Democracy in Latin America
2019 - 2020
Lecturer: Party Politics in Latin America
2018 - 2019
Academic Skills: Introduction to Political Science
Lecturer (x4) Academic Skills: Critical Review
Lecturer (x3) Academic Skills: Book Review
Lecturer (x3): Workgroups of International Security
Lecturer (x3): Workgroups of Comparative Analysis of Political Systems
Human Rights in the Inter-American System
As Second Secretary Alternate Representative of Ecuador to the Organization of American States (OAS) I was assigned as principal negotiator of Inter American Conventions of Human Rights and as one of the Ecuadorian representatives at the Committee of Juridical and Political Affairs (CAJP) of the OAS Permanent Council.
I was involved in the final negotiations of the Inter-American Convention against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Related Forms of Intolerance A-68, and the Inter-American Convention against All Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance A-69 which were negotiated at the same time. Both Conventions were adopted and open for signature at the 2013 OAS General Assembly in Antigua Guatemala. Ecuador signed both conventions during the General Assembly.
I was also part of the the negotiations of the Inter-American Convention on Protecting the Human Rights of Older Persons which was adopted in 2015 during the OAS General Assembly in Washington D.C., USA. Ecuador ratified the Convention in March 2019.