Dr. Irma Sandoval-Ballesteros

Dr. Irma Sandoval-Ballesteros is associate professor at the Institute for Social Research and director of the Laboratory for the Documentation and Analysis of Corruption and Transparency at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She is also a member of Mexico’s National System of Researchers and recipient of the prestigious 2009 Manuel Espinosa Yglesias Award and a research fellow at the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies at American University. An international expert on transparency, accountability, and political economy, she has published over two dozen book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals, including the Administrative Law Review, Revista Mexicana de Sociologia, Perfiles Latinoamericanos, and Fondo de Cultura Económica. Her most recent books include Crisis, Rentismo e Intervencionismo Neoliberal en la Banca: México, 1982–1999 (2011) and Contemporary Debates on Corruption and Transparency: Rethinking State, Market, and Society (2011). She has worked as a senior consultant to the World Bank, UNDP, Global Integrity, Open Society Institute, and the Budget Accountability Project. During her fellowship, Dr. Sandoval-Ballesteros worked on a book manuscript that proposes a new, “structural” approach to studying corruption in the context of democratic transition.


Outsourcing Opacity: New Challenges to Public Accountability in Latin America,” International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, May 31, 2013

Transparency and the Struggle for Accountability in Mexico,” National Endowment for Democracy, May 9, 2013

Mexico’s Future: In Search of a New Democratic Equilibrium,” American University, April 2, 2013


Perspectiva Nacional,” Univision Orlando, April 7, 2013. 

El Mundo al Día,” Voz de América, April 2, 2013.