How are memories of violence and repression reformulated in current policies, and how do these policies shape contemporary political attitudes? My research brings a multi-method approach to study this question.

Working Papers

Balcells, Laia, Valeria Palanza, and Elsa Voytas. 2018. Do museums promote reconciliation? A field experiment on transitional justice. ESOC Working Paper Number 10. Empirical Studies of Conflict Project.

Currently under review.


Media coverage: El Mostrador

Works in Progress

  • Failure to Protect: Civilian Victimization and State Legitimacy in Colombia with Ben Crisman.
  • My dissertation


  • Voytas, Elsa. What factors predict a donor’s aid transparency? On the First Tranche. AidData. 2013.
  • Voytas, Elsa. What can photos of garbage tell us about foreign aid? On the First Tranche. AidData. 2013.