Welcome to my webpage!

My name is Elsa Voytas.

I am an assistant professor of political science at IE University's School of Global and Public Affairs in Madrid, Spain and a Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth College. My research examines how experiencing, remembering, and confronting past violence influences contemporary political decisions. In particular, I apply a range of methodological techniques, including field and survey experiments, causal inference, focus groups, and interviews, to ask how societies can advance social justice and build peace. As an instructor, I teach courses on quantitative methods and peace, justice, and conflict resolution.

You can find my CV here.



Balcells, Laia, Valeria Palanza, and Elsa Voytas.* 2022. "Do transitional justice museums persuade visitors? Evidence from a field experiment." The Journal of Politics.

Balcells, Laia and Elsa Voytas.* 2022. "What difference do museums make?" In The Oxford Handbook of Transitional Justice (in press), edited by Jens Meierhenrich, Alexander Laban Hinton and Lawrence Douglas.

Under Review

"State Violence and Participation in Transitional Justice: Evidence from Colombia" (with Benjamin Crisman). Conditionally accepted.

Working Papers

"More than money: the politican consequences of reparations."

"Shades of justice: victim responses to apology and punishment (with Sarah Z. Daly)."

"Trust a few: a meta-analysis of violence exposure and trust (with Danielle Gilbert)."

* denotes equal authorship (listed alphabetically).


Instructor of Record

  • Peace and Conflict Resolution. IE University. Spring 2023.
  • Research Methods in International Relations. IE University. Fall 2022.
  • Quantitative Approaches to Peace and Justice. Dartmouth College. Fall 2021.
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics. Rider University. Fall 2020.
  • Teaching Assistant

  • Human Rights. Princeton University. Spring 2020. Instructor: Gary Bass.
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics. Princeton University. Fall 2018. Instructor: Alisha Holland.
  • Introduction to Quantitative Social Science. Princeton University. Fall 2017. Instructors: Marc Ratkovic and Matt Salganik.


Click here to view my CV.