Hello! This is my personal website, where you can find information about my research, teaching, and outreach activities. Thanks for visiting.

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. I am also an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Chile (on leave) and a Research Fellow of the Centre for Public Systems at the University of Chile’s Industrial Engineering Department.

My research focuses on public administration and policy, mainly studying civil service reforms, government performance management, and public servants’ attitudes and behavior.

The research projects I work on regularly involve close collaboration with public agencies and international organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the International Labour Organization (ILO), and UNICEF. Recent initiatives inquire into telework in the public sector, government occupations’ automation potential, and subnational governments’ management and finance.

I teach courses on public management and policy, research methods and applied statistics, and performance management.

I completed my Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy at the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University, and hold an MA in Management and Public Policy and a BSc in Industrial Engineering from the University of Chile.

Previously, I was a Board Member of the Chilean Society of Public Policy and the Assistant Director of the National Center for Public Performance at Rutgers University’s School of Public Affairs and Administration.

My research has been published by or is forthcoming in Oxford Review of Economic Policy, International Public Management JournalReview of Public Personnel Administration, Revista del CLAD Reforma y Democracia, the Inter-American Development Bank, and UNICEF-Chile.

Recent publications

  • Fuenzalida, J. Van Ryzin, G. & Olsen, A. (online first). Are managers susceptible to framing effects? An experimental study of professional judgment of performance metrics. International Public Management Journal [pdf] [coverage: PATimes]
  • Fernández, A., Fuenzalida, J. & Castro, C. (2021). Evaluación del impacto de la Ley 20.955 en la cantidad y calidad de postulantes al Sistema de Alta Dirección Pública [ADP] (Serie Sistemas Públicos Nº 18). Santiago: Centro de Sistemas Públicos, Ingeniería Industrial, Universidad de Chile [pdf]
  • Schuster, C., Fuenzalida, J., Meyer-Sahling, J., Mikkelsen, K. & Titelman, N. (2020). Encuesta Nacional de Funcionarios en Chile. Evidencia para un servicio público más motivado, satisfecho, comprometido y ético. Santiago: Authors [pdf]