Jane Esberg is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at Stanford University, specializing in comparative politics and international relations. Her research centers on authoritarian repression, with a focus on historical dictatorships in Latin America and Spain. In her dissertation, she uses new micro-data on political killings, detention, exile, and pop culture censorship to understand variation in the targets and tools of repression during the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile (1973-1989). Results demonstrate that repression served not just to eliminate opposition, but to appeal to supporters.
Jane is a Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow and Dissertation Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences. She was previously a fellow at the Center for Ethics in Society. Her research has been supported by a Graduate Research Opportunities Award, the Freeman Spogli Institute, Stanford's Center on International Security and Cooperation, the Stanford Center for International Conflict and Negotiation, and the Europe Center.