Claudia holds a PhD in political science from the University of Notre Dame, USA and a degree in economics from the University of Cambridge, England. Originally from Mexico, she initiated her professional career working with the Ministry for Social Development, Federal Government of Mexico. There, Claudia was involved in developing demand-driven poverty reduction programmes to ensure access to public services for low-income rural communities.
She is currently Head of Governance Research at the Basel Institute on Governance where she is responsible for the development, oversight and management of the Institute’s research activities in the areas of public and global governance. Claudia also works with a broad range of interested stakeholders on consultancy projects aimed at developing context sensitive strategies to prevent corruption in the public sector. She also teaches courses on corruption and development, health systems governance and has developed a special curriculum on research methods focusing on corruption studies.