Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Department of Social Sciences - Berlin Graduate School of Social Science

Denisse Rodriguez Olivari

Denisse Rodriguez Olivari

BGSS Generation 2016



The Politics of Judicialisation of Grand-Corruption: Lesson from Brazilian and Peruvian Lava Jato



Prof. Dr Thamy Pogrebinschi (Senior Researcher WZB Berlin Social Science Center and Faculty Member (Promotionsrecht) at the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences at the Humboldt University



My doctoral project examines the effects of the judicialisation of grand corruption in the Lava Jato era (Peru and Brazil).  I conducted research in Lima, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, and Brasilia. My work has been supported by the DAAD, the Centre for International Migration and Development (joint operation of GIZ and the German Federal Employment Agency), the Faculty of Humanities - the University of Manchester, the Institute of Social Sciences - Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Santander Latin American Study Award, King’s College Doctoral Training Centre, King’s College International Development Institute, Stellenbosch University, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, among others.


Recent Publications

Odilla, Fernanda & Rodriguez-Olivari, Denisse (2021) Corruption control under fire: a brief history of the Brazilian Office of Comptroller General in Anti-corruption agencies in Latin America, Pozsgai-Alvarez, Joseph (ed.), Abingdon and New York: Routledge.


Rodriguez-Olivari, Denisse (2021) 'O combate a corrupcao num ambiente hostil: a Equipe Especial de Procuradores da Lava Jato no Peru' in Corrupcao e o escandalo da Lava Jato na America Latina edited by Paul Lagunes, Fernanda Odilla and Jan Svejnar. Editora FGV.


Rodriguez-Olivari, Denisse (2020) Fighting Corruption in a Hostile Environment: Perus Lava Jato Special Prosecution Team in Corruption and the Lava Jato Scandal in Latin America, Lagunes, Paul and Jan Svejnar (eds.), Abingdon and New York: Routledge.


Rodriguez-Olivari, Denisse (2019) The Politics of Gender Policies: A Comparative Framework applied to the Peruvian Case. In Politeia 37 (2), p. 26-42.



Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin – Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences

Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru  



I appear regularly on media analysing Peruvian politics, corruption and women’s political representation in English and Spanish, including the New York Times, the BBC, the Financial Times, CNN, Bloomberg Línea, the Times and Peruvian media outlets (selection of interviews, podcasts, video and audio presentations here).

In addition, I am deeply committed to promoting diversity and inclusion. As a young woman from the ‘Global South’, I believe that academic institutions and public debate should include underrepresented voices. I enjoy volunteering as a mentor for the Manchester Gold Programme (University of Manchester), KCL Mentoring Programme (King’s College London), and formerly in the Queen's Young Leaders Awards (UK). I also co-founded the NGO Voceras to close the gender gap in Peruvian media, and I was a recipient of an Alumni Volunteer of the Year in 2020 (University of Manchester) for this project.

See more information on my personal website.