Valentina P. Salas
Valentina Salas is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at the University of Minnesota. She is conducting her doctoral dissertation on the rights consciousness and legal agency of marginalized groups in Chile, combining insights from socio-legal and comparative politics studies. Her academic interests relate to access to justice, legal empowerment, and legal consciousness in Latin America.
Salas has been working with the Human Rights Center since 2017 as a graduate student researcher on two Human Rights Lab projects on citizen perceptions of and engagement with the judicial system in Chile. She joins the Human Rights Center in 2020 as a Human Rights Center Doctoral Fellow.
Salas is originally from Chile where she obtained a B.A and an M.A degree in Political Science from the Pontificia Universidad Católica of Chile. Before her graduate studies at the University of Minnesota, she worked as a researcher for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Chile for four years, and as an instructor for the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the Alberto Hurtado University in Chile.