Florence is a doctoral student in political science at Columbia University (New York) who is writing her thesis (under the direction of Maria Victoria Murillo) on public policies related to the development of drinking water systems in Latin America. She is also conducting a study (with Alain Noël, from the Université de Montréal) on social policies related to the Aboriginal peoples in Canada. Her other research interests include anti-poverty and social exclusion policies in western Europe and Canada, as well as democratic transitions in Latin America.
Florence earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies (2006) and a master’s in political science from the Université de Montréal. She studied at the Torcuato di Tella University in Buenos Aires (2004) and did several research residencies in Europe (2007) and South America (2011-2015). Her articles have been published in Policy & Politics, Canadian Journal of Political Science and Politique et Sociétés. Her most recent chapter, “Kelowna’s Uneven Legacy: Aboriginal Poverty and Multilevel Governance in Canada,” co-written with Alain Noël, was published in 2015 in State of the Federation 2013: Aboriginal Multilevel Governance (edited by Martin Papillon and André Juneau, McGill-Queen’s University Press).
Experience as a Trudeau scholar
The Trudeau Scholarship supported my doctoral work at Columbia University (New York). My thesis examines the development of drinking water systems in Latin America over the last three decades and relies in particular on interviews and intensive archival research in the field. In addition to supporting these field studies, the scholarship allowed me to attend conferences in North and South America, expanding my network of contacts. My participation as a scholar in Trudeau Foundation events also led to new encounters and interdisciplinary discussions that have enriched my doctoral studies.