Welcome to my website! I am a PhD. candidate in the Department of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis, where I am a member of the Democratic Institutions Research Team (DI.R.T.). Beginning in August 2016, I will become an Assistant Professor at the Departamento de Ciencia Política at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City. My main areas of research include elections in authoritarian regimes, institutional reform and political careers. I am also enthusiastic about the use of quantitative methods to answer substantive political questions, and I look forward to transmitting this interest to future students.

My dissertation studies government-opposition relations in competitive authoritarian regimes. Specifically, I seek to understand why executives in authoritarian regimes sometimes face strong electoral challenges and how they respond to them. The first two chapters of my dissertation study how players’ perceived electoral strength and the degree of institutionalization of the ruling party affect the electoral challenges faced by authoritarian incumbents across the world. The last chapter of my dissertation examines how subnational elections can empower opposition parties, with special emphasis on the case of Mexico.

Besides my dissertation, I am interested in political institutions and political careers more generally. I have two ongoing collaborative projects on how Argentine politicians react strategically to the incentives provided by the electoral calendar and why Mexican mayors sometimes decide (not) to mobilize in favor of candidates from their own party, and I have also co-authored a paper that shows how the strength of the opposition affected the introduction of power-concentrating constitutional reforms in Argentina. I am currently using data from Argentina and Mexico to identify the causal effect of district magnitude and double-ballot rules on electoral outcomes. Please visit my research page for further details.

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