I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015. I study interest representation and political economy, centrally in Latin America. My book project examines the participation of small business and peasant organizations in development policy in Mexico. While scholars and practitioners argue that civil society participation enhances the success of development policy, interest organizations all too often prioritize patronage over policy engagement. I show that interest-organization participation in policymaking is shaped by organizations’ collective-action capacity and the electoral incentives of ruling politicians. My dissertation received the 2016 Harold D. Lasswell Award from the American Political Science Association for best dissertation in public policy. I have also won best paper awards from LASA’s Political Institutions Section and Mexico Section. My research has been funded by the Social Science Research Council, Inter-American Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Fulbright, and Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. I have also conducted research on indigenous politics, clientelism, access-to-information institutions, rural development, and the politics of the informal sector. In addition, I am interested in diverse areas of political methodology, including experiments and other causal-inference strategies, field-based qualitative methods, surveys, and multi-method research design.


Email: brian.palmer.rubin@gmail.com
Position: Assistant Professor, Political Science

Website: brianpalmerrubin.com
Institution / Affiliation : Marquette University

Geographical Region: North America, South America
Methodology: Experimental Design, Mixed Method, Statistics, Survey Methodology
Policy: Development, Elections, Governance