Mariana Llanos is a Lead Research Fellow at the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg, Germany. Her research focuses on comparative political institutions in Latin America, particularly, on the countries of the Southern Cone. She has published numerous articles on legislative, judicial, and presidential politics. She has extensively worked on presidentialism, particularly on presidential breakdowns (Presidential Breakdowns in Latin America. Causes and Outcomes of Executive Instability in Developing Democracies. Llanos, M. & Marsteintredet, Leiv (eds.) Palgrave, 2010). Her most recent research concentrates on president-court relations, judicial stability, and informal judicial interference, which has been developed within the project Judicial (In)dependence in New Democracies. Courts, Presidents and Legislatures in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa (https://giga.hamburg/en/project/judicial-independence-in-new-democracies...). Llanos is also currently conducting comparative research on the institutional presidency in Latin America. She is the Secretary General of the Latin American Association of Political Science (ALACIP: http://alacip.org/).