Verónica Montecinos, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor Emerita, Sociology
Program Coordinator, Teaching International

Dr. Montecinos is the author of Economists, Politics and the State, Chile 1958–1994 (CEDLA, 1998), co-editor of Economists in the Americas (Edward Elgar, 2009, with John Markoff), and editor of Women Presidents and Prime Ministers in Post-Transition Democracies, Palgrave (2017).

She has also published book chapters and articles that have appeared in such journals as the International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, The Journal of Economic Perspectives, Latin American Research Review and Studies in Comparative International Development.

Teaching Interests:
Gender and Politics; Sociology of Economics; Pension Reform; Latin America; Chile

Area(s) of Expertise :
Gender and Politics; Sociology of Economics; Pension Reform; Latin America; Chile

Sociology of economics, democratization, technocratic politics in Latin America, gender and pensions, gender and politics

Encyclopedia essays:

  • "Economics," in The Palgrave Dictionary of Transnational History. From the Mid-19th Century to the Present Day (2009).
  • "Washington Consensus," in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization (2012).
  • "Spanish-speaking South America. Politicized Economic Thought," in Routledge Handbook of the History of Global Economic Thought (2015).

Book chapters:

  • "Economics: The Chilean Story," in Verónica Montecinos and John Markoff (editors) in Economists in the Americas, Edward Elgar (2009).
  • “C. Wright Mills and Latin America,” in Guy Oakes (editor), The Anthem Companion to C. Wright Mills (2016).
  • "Michelle Bachelet: Engendering Chile's Democratization," in Verónica Montecinos (editor) Women Presidents and Prime Ministers in Post-Transition Democracies, Palgrave. (2017)


  • Economists in the Americas (co-editor), Edward Elgar (2009).
  • Women Presidents and Prime Ministers in Post-Transition Democracies, Editor. London: Palgrave (2017).

University of Pittsburgh, M.A. in Political Science (1993)

University of Pittsburgh, Sociology M.A. (1981) and Ph.D. (1988)

Catholic University of Chile, Licentiate Sociology (1975)


  • “Democracy Troubles, Gender and Executive Politics”
  • “Dos siglos de democracia? Inquietudes historiográficas de la post-pandemia.” Keynote Speaker, X Congreso de la Asociación Mexicana de Ciencias Políticas (AMECIP), "Vulnerabilidades y Resiliencias de las Democracias Post-Pandémicas.” November 22-25, 2022, Universidad Modelo, Campus Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico.
  • Historia del pensamiento económico desde América Latina. Un ejercicio de visualización cartográfica.” Subercaseaux Lecture, Asociación Latinoamericana de Historia del Pensamiento Económico, ALAHPE, Montevideo, Uruguay, April 20-22, 2022.
  • “Democracy, Neoliberalism and the Gendered Executive,” presented at Workshop
  • “The Neoliberal State and Beyond” for State and Nation Making in Latin America and Spain - Volume 3, Princeton University, September 4-5, 2020.


  • “The Neoliberal State and Beyond” held at Princeton University, September 2019 (for State and Nation Making in Latin America and Spain - Volume 3, Cambridge University Press)


  • "The Gender of Economists and Economics in Latin America"  Invited by YSI-INET (The Young Scholars Initiative, supported by the Institute for New Economic Thinking in New York)
  • The History of Economic Thought and the Philosophy of Economics (ALAHPE) Conference held at Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR) in Curitiba, Brazil, November 2019