Jonas von Hoffmann

Jonas von Hoffmann

Politics (2015 cohort)

My name is Jonas von Hoffmann. I am a doctoral student in politics at the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) and Exeter College, working under the supervision of Professor Ezequiel Gonzalez Ocantos.

My research interests include drug policy, policy reform, legislative politics, social movements, political and criminal violence, drug trafficking and Latin America. I am particularly interested in the politics of drug policy reform in Latin America and have conducted fieldwork in and published about cannabis reform in Uruguay.

My thesis examines the variation of recent cannabis policy reforms in Latin America. Why and how do cannabis reforms occur and what accounts for differences across the region? Why has Uruguay legally regulated cannabis from seed to smoke, Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of autocultivo and Chile’s President allowed medicinal uses of cannabis by decree? To answer these questions, I conduct a comparative analysis of the reform process in Uruguay, Mexico, Chile and Argentina, using elite interviews, discourse analysis and process tracing.

I hold a B.A. in Politics, Psychology and Sociology from the University of Cambridge (2013) and a M.Phil in Latin American Studies from the University of Oxford (2015). I was awarded the Crowley Price for my Masters’ dissertation, held an Amelia Jackson Scholarship from Exeter College and currently my research is funded by the ESRC.