Carlos Schmidt Padilla

2015 Hellman Graduate Awardee

Political Science
UC Berkeley

Carlos Schmidt Padilla is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Travers Department of Political Science. Originally from El Salvador, Carlos earned a B.A. in Government from Harvard University.

Schmidt Padilla focuses on the political economy of development, violence, and politics in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. He is currently working on two projects: one seeks to understand the impact of electoral reform on political outcomes in El Salvador and the other analyzes the long-term impact of religious missions on identity across Africa.

“I am extremely thankful to have received the Hellman Graduate Award. The award will not only enrich my academic experience, but it will allow me to conduct field research over the summer in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa,” Schmidt Padilla says.

“Given the nature of the award, I will be able to conduct research earlier than anticipated and I am truly thankful for the opportunity.”