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I am a Visiting Professor in the Political Science Department at the Federal University of Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil. During the 2015–2016 academic year, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions (CSDI) at Vanderbilt University (2015-2016). I received a PhD in Political Science (Comparative Politics) from the University of Notre Dame (2015). My research focuses primarily on the areas of corruption, public opinion, distributive politics, and voting behavior. I have designed and run a number of survey experiments in Latin America to better understand how corruption affects public opinion in different contexts. My book manuscript, which resulted from my PhD dissertation, explains how accountability for corruption works and why corrupt politicians survive democratic elections. My new co-authored project looks at the consequences of anti-corruption judicial activism for public opinion. My work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Journal of Politics (JoP), Political Research Quarterly (POQ), and Latin American Politics and Society (LAPS).

Position: Visiting Professor


Geographical Region: South America
Methodology: Experimental Design, Mixed Method, Survey Methodology
Policy: Corruption, Elections, Governance