skip to primary navigationskip to content

Dana Brablec Sklenar

General information

Dana Brablec Sklenar is a Ph.D student in the Department of Sociology and a member of Newnham College at the University of Cambridge. Dana works under the supervision of Dr. Monica Moreno-Figueroa. Her research focuses on the socio-political organizational dynamics of urban Mapuche associations in Santiago de Chile. Using a main qualitative approach based on participant observation and in-depth interviews, Dana intends to increase the academic knowledge on these indigenous associations embedded in an increasingly complex urban scenario by taking into account widely circumvented elements in the literature, that is, the influence of the new milieu in their ethnic identity configuration, and how this condition shapes indigenous organizations. She expects to make broader contribution on the current indigenous organizational model imposed by the Chilean Indigenous Law which was formulated in the democratic transitional period following the dictatorship, and thus progress in generating better organizational and participatory spaces that may contribute to the integral development of the Mapuche population within the margins of the city.

Academic background

Dana received her BA in Political Science from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2010) and her MSc in Democracy and Comparative Politics from University College London, UCL (2013). Before starting her PhD in Cambridge, she worked as a teaching assistant of the Political Corruption in Latin America course in Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and later as a research assistant in the Politics and Society Programme in one of the most influential Latin American think tanks, Libertad y Desarrollo.

Research Interests

Indigenous minorities, democracy and transitions, comparative politics, corruption and transparency.


2010-2011 Political Corruption in Latin America (teaching assistant). Institute of Political Science at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.


Antoine, C., Brablec, D. and Montalva, D. (2013). Transparencia y Control en el Uso de los Recursos Públicos para el Financiamiento de la Cultura Chilena. Libertad y Desarrollo.

Brablec, D. and Bellolio, A. Encuesta de Corrupción 2012: Resultados en Niveles Estables. (2012). Libertad y Desarrollo.

Antoine, C., Brablec, D. (2011). Políticas Culturales: La Acción del Estado y la Sociedad de Oportunidades. Libertad y Desarrollo.

Selected Awards and Grants

Conicyt - Cambridge Scholarship, 2014

Becas Chile - Conicyt Scholarship, 2012

Winner of the Public Competition for University Dissertations 2010, Chilean Chamber of Deputies

Other academic activities

2013 – Present. Coordinator of the Political and Public Policy Area, ChileGlobal Seminars UK

2015 – 2016. Secretary in the Chilean Society of Cambridge, University of Cambridge.

  • E-mail:
  • Address: Department of Sociology, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RQ
  • Supervisor: Dr. Mónica Moreno Figueroa
  • College: Newnham College
  • Thesis Title: Mapuche-Warriache: Organizational Structure and its Implications for State Indigenous Action