Sebastián Etchemendy is Associate Professor and researcher at the Torcuato Di Tella University, Department of Political Science and International Studies, Argentina, and also a Senior Researcher at the National Scientific Council (CONICET). He has a degree in Political Science from the University of Buenos Aires (1992). He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, in December 2004. His general field of work is Comparative Politics and qualitative methodology. He specializes in the comparative political economy of Latin America and Western Europe. In particular, he has studied the determinants and political consequences of the processes of economic liberalization and internationalization, with special attention to the analysis of business and labor actors. Between January and June 2007, he served as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University. He received the International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), and the Fulbright Fellowship for studies in the United States.
He has worked on the political economy of countries such as Argentina, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Chile, and others. He has published single-authored articles in Comparative Political Studies (2), Comparative Politics, Latin American Politics and Society (2), and the Journal of Latin American Studies, and co-authored in Politics & Society and Desarrollo Económico. He also published Models of Economic Liberalization: Business, Workers and Compensation in Latin America, Spain and Portugal (Cambridge University Press 2011, EUDEBA 2015) and Labor Outsourcing in Argentina: Diagnosis and Trade Union Strategies (in Spanish, co-author and editor, Biblos 2018), as well as in many edited volumes. Between 2011 and 2015 he was advisor to the Minister of Labor, and Undersecretary of Labor Policy Planning, at the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security of Argentina. In this public office period, he worked and coordinated important social and labor policy initiatives, such as the Private Houses Workers’ Law, which bestowed labor rights on domestic workers for the first time in Argentina, and the Law on Registered Labor Promotion and Fraud Prevention, passed in 2014. At Di Tella he teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses.