Maria Mercedes Di Virgilio

Visiting Fellow, Program in Latin American Studies (March 2023)

Maria Mercedes Di Virgilio (Ph.D., University of Buenos Aires) is a professor of research methodology and a senior CONICET researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones Gino Germani, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her research interests include housing and urban policies in Latin American cities, spatial mobility practices (residential, daily, migration, and tourism), urban change, and gentrification. At the University of Buenos Aires Di Virgilio served as assistant vice president for research from 2018 to 2019 and associate dean for research and graduate studies at the College of Social Sciences from 2014 to 2018. She has been a visiting professor at various universities in Latin America and abroad including Universidade Federal da Bahia, Universidad Autónoma de México, Université de Poitiers, Institut des Hautes Études de l'Amérique latine, and University of Texas at Austin. Currently, Di Virgilio directs the project on “The Implementation of Public Policies to Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis. A Look from Intergovernmental Relations and Policy Networks” in ArgentinaWhile at Princeton, she will work on a research project that analyzes the conformation of the field of urban studies in Latin America since the 1970s.