I conduct theoretical and empirical research on political development, with an emphasis on elections, political parties, and policymaking in the context of weak institutions.
I received my PhD in Political Science from Yale University in December 2016. During 2016-17, I was a Pre/Postdoctoral Associate at Duke University and in May 2017 I began a one-year postdoctoral position at Yale’s Program on Democracy. From August 2018, I will be assistant professor at Universidad de San Andrés in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I am also a research associate of the Center for the Politics of Development at UC Berkeley.
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The left in Latin America came to office, in the early 2000s, at a time when state-led models of economic development were collapsing and when the working classes increasingly found themselves in informal-sector jobs: without contracts or access to social security or other regulations and protections. My book manuscript, The Left's Dilemma: Party Strategies and Informal Labor in Developing Economies, provides insights into how left-leaning parties stitch together a broad lower-class electoral coalition, one that includes both informal- and formal-sector workers, whose preferences are in some ways at odds. A summary of the book is available here.
Sharing the Costs: Party Brands and Incumbency Spillovers in Brazil. Revise and Resubmit at The Journal of Politcs [abstract]
Do the Wealthy Oppose Redistribution? Public Price Shocks and Redistributive Preferences in Buenos Aires
Do the Wealthy Oppose Redistribution? Public Price Shocks and Redistributive Preferences in Buenos Aires(with L. Schiumerini and S. Stokes). Forthcoming at the British Journal of Political Science [replication files]
Argentine Presidentialism: From Crisis to Recomposition of Presidential Power, 2003–2007 (“El Presidencialismo Argentino: de la Crisis a la Recomposicion Actual, 2003–2007”), with N. Cherny and M. Novaro, in America Latina Hoy, 54, April 2010
Does the Left Breed Economic Informality? Party Strategies and Selective Enforcement in Brazil [abstract]
Electoral Accountability with Myopic Voters: Evidence from Fatal Workplace Accidents [abstract]
Distributive Politics in Three-Level Systems: Evidence from a Large Land-Titling Program [abstract]
Paying Not to Vote: Pocketbook Considerations and the Shape of the Electorate (with G. Julcarimna and G. Tuñón)
"A significant minority of Americans say they could support a military takeover of the U.S. government," Monkey Cage Blog, Washington Post, February 16th, 2018
"Yes, U.S. election integrity could be improved. Here’s why the Pence commission probably won’t do it," Monkey Cage Blog, Washington Post, September 18th, 2017
"The U.S. could be free of gerrymandering. Here's how other countries do redistricting," Monkey Cage Blog, Washington Post, August 7th, 2017
From the Hegemonic to the Scrambled Stalemate, CLACS Working Paper, Brown University, May 2014
Gathering Beans: The Size of Legislative Coalitions in Argentina (1983-2008) (“Juntando Porotos: El Tamaño de las Coaliciones Legislativas en Argentina”), in A. Mustapic, A. Bonvecchi, and J. Zelaznik (comps.), Los Legisladores en el Congreso Argentino, Instituto Torcuato Di Tella, 2012
Lula and the Partido dos Trabalhadores adaptation process (“Lula y el proceso de adaptacion del PT a la hora de gobernar”) with V. Palermo, in Revista Argentina de Ciencia Politica, 9/10, 2006