Alejandro Trelles


Alejandro Trelles is a political scientist, political analyst, and expert in electoral matters. He specializes in the comparative study of public institutions, elections and electoral boundary delimitation in Latin America and the Caribbean. He currently serves as an Assitant Professor in the Department of Politics at Brandeis University. He also serves as an external consultant to the Organization of American States (0AS) where he has participated as an expert in electoral organization and redistricting during the elections of Nicaragua, Haiti, Belize, Suriname, St. Kitts and Nevis, Bahamas, and Jamaica. He has over 10 years of experience as a public official in the Federal Public Administration in Mexico and at the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE). In the latter, he has served as Advisor to the General Council and to IFE’s Boundary Delimitation Technical Committee.

His research on boundary delimitation and the use of combinatorial optimization algorithms in redistricting was recognized in 2007 by ITAM as the best research in political science. He is a co-principal investigator in the Public Mapping Project Mexico. He has research and consulting experience in Venezuela, Mexico, Ghana, Kenya, and Egypt. Furthermore, Alejandro is the co-author of two political analysis books entitled: Anatomy of the PRI and AMLO: Political and Personal History of the Head of Government of Mexico City. He has published several articles about elections, political participation, transparency, open data, and mapping tools in academic journals in Mexico and the United States, as well as more than 20 articles on political and electoral issues in different media outlets. His research has been published in Political Geography, Electoral Studies, Latin American Politics and Society, Journal of Politics in Latin America, and Política y Gobierno. Alejandro holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in political science from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor´s degree in political science from ITAM in Mexico City. His current research focuses on the formal and informal aspects of electoral autonomy in Latin America and Africa.

Research Interests

Comparative Politics (Latin America and the Caribbean)

Elections, Electoral Management, Electoral Boundary Delimitation (redistricting), Democratization, Political Parties, Research Methodology


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