Ph.D. UCLA (2007) | M.A. IUPERJ (2000) | B.A. UFSC-Law (1999)

Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV)
Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration (EBAPE)

Here are quick links to my c.v. in English Eng and in PortuguesePor, to my SSRN and Google Scholar sites, and to data from my published articles DVN and the Brazilian Legislative Surveys project.

I am a Political Scientist and Associate Professor at FGV/EBAPE, a school of business and public administration in Rio de Janeiro. I am spending most of the 2017-18 academic year in Oxford, as a "non-stipendiary visitor" to Nuffield College. I have previously been an Assistant Professor at Rutgers and held visiting appointments at Princeton, Yale, and IUPERJ (currently IESP). This website provides information about my published and ongoing projects, as well as links to data and replication materials. I try to keep it updated, but feel free to contact me with suggestions, corrections, or to request materials not available here.

I specialize in Latin American politics, and have written on executive-legislative relations, political parties, electoral politics, social policy, voting behavior, and on the measurement and meaning of ideology. I have recently completed a co-author book manuscript with David Samuels about partisanship in Brazil. In this manuscript, we employ a mix of observational and experimental techniques to examine the determinants and consequences of party identification, with a special focus on the Workers Party (PT). We devote quite a lot of attention to negative-partisanship, which we show to be particularly important despite having been overlooked by the literature. The main message is that partisanship and antipartisanship developed in tandem in Brazil, and have shaped voting behavior to a much greater extent than has been previously acknowledged.

My main current project is a collaboration with Daniela Campello in which we examine how economic factors beyond the control of presidents affect their popularity and reelection prospects. We are particularly interested in the consequences of voters' misattribution of responsibility for economic outcomes and how it limits the possibility of holding presidents accountable. This is also a book-length project. The first paper in the project was published in the JOP in 2016, two other working papers are now circulating and a first draft of the entire should be finished by early 2018.

In parallel, Timothy Power and I coordinate the Brazilian Legislative Surveys, a two-decade effort to track and record the beliefs of Brazilian legislators. The 8th wave of the BLS was fielded during the first semester of 2017 and its results and data will be made public and discussed in a workshop hosted by Oxford's Latin American Centre in February 2018.