Kirsten Sehnbruch


Kirsten Sehnbruch is a professor of public policy and the Director of the Centre for New Development Thinking at the Department of Economics at the University of Chile. She is also Director of International Relations at the Centre for Social Conflict and Cohesion based at the same faculty. Before this, she was a lecturer and Senior Scholar at the University of California, at Berkeley. Her research focuses on Latin American labour markets and social policy, development policy and Chilean politics, and has been published by The Cambridge Journal of Economics, Development and Change, and the International Labour Review. She is the author of the book The Chilean Labor Market: A Key to Understanding Latin American Labor Markets (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), and with Peter Siavelis editor of Democratic Chile: The Politics and Policies of a Historic Coalition, 1990-2010 (Lynne Rienner, 2014).


Before becoming an academic, she worked as an auditor for Price Waterhouse in Buenos Aires, as an analyst on the Mexico Desk at the European Commission’s Directorate for External Relations (DG1B), and as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs London where she qualified as a Certified Financial Analyst (CFA). She holds a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University.




Kirsten Sehnbruch es profesora del Departamento de Economia de la Universidad de Chile donde dirige el Centre for New Development Thinking. Anteriormente, trabajaba como Lecturer y Senior Scholar en el Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos de la Universidad de California en Berkeley. Entre sus temas de investigación destacan los mercados laborales en America Latina y su vinculación con políticas sociales y de desarrollo. Es autora del libro The Chilean Labour Market: A Key to Understanding Latin American Labour Markets (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), y, junto con Peter Siavelis, editora y autora del libro Democratic Chile: The Politics and Policies of a Historic Coalition, 1990-2010 (Lynne Rienner, Sept. 2013) además de numerosos artículos y papers académicos. Antes de trabajar como académica, se desempeñó como analista financiera en Goldman Sachs (Londres) donde se certificó como Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) y como auditora en Price Waterhouse (Buenos Aires). Realizó sus estudios en la Universidad de Cambridge en Inglaterra, donde obtuvo un MA en Lenguas Modernas y Medievales, un MPhil en Estudios Latinoamericanos y un PhD en Ciencias Sociales.


Research Interests: 

Public policy, labour markets, development studies and politics in Latin America.