Democratic theory and democratization
Examining empirical assumptions made by competing branches of democratic theory.
Explaining democratic deepening and decay
2017 - 2018
Washington University in St. Louis
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Political Behavior/Public Opinion
Analyzing how political institutions, economic factors, and cultural change interact to shape individual attitudes and political choices.
Using political psychological concepts (e.g. anxiety, efficacy)
Specific topics of interest include regime support, populism, and prejudice.
University of Texas at Austin, 2016
Department of Government
Subfields: Comparative Politics and Methodology
Dissertation title: Beyond the balance sheet: participation, performance, and regime support in Latin America
Committee: Kurt Weyland (Chair), Wendy Hunter, Raul Madrid, Zachary Elkins, Pamela Paxton.
2016 - 2017
Boise State University
Visiting Assistant Professor
My work focuses on the role of efficacy and anxiety in play in shaping political ideas and behavior.
Political economy and culture
Analyzing how growing economic insecurity has intensified the cultural backlash that animates populist movements in the developed world.
Employing mixed-methods approaches, utilizing qualitative methods and advanced quantitative techniques.
Structural Equation Modeling (SEM)
Conceptualization and measurement
Juan Linz Award for Best Dissertation (Honorable Mention)
Comparative Democratization Section, the American Political Science Association
Awards and Honors
Fulbright Student Fellowship
Funding for study in Chile, 2012 - 2013 academic year
Jorge I. Domínguez Dissertation Award
David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies,
2018 - present