Daniela Barba is the Director of Research on Access to Justice at the World Justice Project. In her role, she develops and executes research on a variety of themes pertaining to people-centered justice, including global, regional, and country-specific projects. She conducts and oversees the development, writing, and design of theoretical frameworks, research proposals, and quantitative and qualitative analyses related to these projects.
Before joining the WJP, Daniela was a postdoctoral fellow at LAPOP Lab at Vanderbilt University. She comes to the WJP with a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Politics and Social Policy from Princeton University, an M.A. in Comparative Politics from New York University, and a B.A. in International Relations from El Colegio de México. In her doctoral research, she investigated the patterns of human rights violations by law enforcement during their war against organized criminal organizations in Mexico. Her dissertation relied, among other data sources, on an original nationally representative survey on human rights in Mexico, for which she obtained funding and guided the implementation. Her research interests include the rule of law and access to justice for victims of gender-based violence and human rights violations. Daniela has several years of experience working in different research capacities with academic, governmental, and non-governmental organizations—including the Center for U.S. Mexico Studies at the University of California, San Diego, and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation. She served in the Mexican Government and worked at GESOC in Mexico. She has received support from the Fulbright-García Robles commission, among other institutions.