José Sánchez Gómez is a third-year PhD student in the Government Department at Cornell University. His research interest is on comparative politics of Latin America. He focuses on contentious politics and institutional change, social movements and party politics. In 2015, he finished his Master of Public Administration at CIPA, Cornell. Before coming to Cornell, he served as a public official in the Civil Service Department of Paraguay, and worked for NGOs in programs for social and democratic development.