Candelaria Garay is a Ford Foundation Associate Professor of Democracy (without tenure) at the Kennedy School of Government. Her research focuses on social policy, collective action, and party politics in Latin America. She received a Ph.D. and a M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her book, Social Policy Expansion in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2016), characterizes and explains the recent expansion and cross-country variation in social policy programs (income transfers, pensions, and health-care services) to populations historically excluded from social protection in Latin America. The book received the 2017 Robert A. Dahl Award of the American Political Science Association (APSA) and an honorable mention for the 2018 Bryce Wood Book Award of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).
In her second book project (manuscript in process), she explains why coalitions between labor unions and social movements of informal and/or rural workers have formed in some developing countries. She explores how these coalitions are established and analyzes their connections with political parties.
Other research projects focus on local healthcare services, the implementation of environmental legislation, and the interaction of political parties and social organizations in nascent democracies.