Computational Linguistics, Economics, Education, Global Development, Policy Research, Political Science, Social Sciences
Causal Inference, Computational Tools for Data Science, Deep Learning, Econometrics, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Statistical Inference

Edgar Franco-Vivanco

Assistant Professor

Political Science


Center for Political Studies

Edgar Franco-Vivanco is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and a faculty associate at the Center for Political Studies. His research interests include Latin American politics, historical political economy, criminal violence, and indigenous politics.

Prof. Franco-Vivanco is interested in implementing machine learning tools to improve the analysis of historical data, in particular handwritten documents. He is also working in the application of text analysis to study indigenous languages. In a parallel research agenda, he explores how marginalized communities interact with criminal organizations and abusive policing in Latin America. As part of this research, he is using NLP tools to identify different types of criminal behavior.

Examples of the digitization process of handwritten documents from colonial Mexico.