I am an assistant professor at Emory University. For Spring 2023, I am a visiting fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. My research interests are comparative politics, public policy, housing policy, elections, and misinformation.

I examine the causes on nonstate welfare provision, the consequences of public policies, specifically housing policy, on political behavior, elections, and misinformation. My teaching focuses on Latin American politics, public policy, and research methods. I use a multi-method approach with an emphasis in causal inference.

My research has been published at American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Politics, Latin American Research Review, World Politics, among other outlets.

My research has received awards or honorable mentions by the American Political Science Association, APSA’s Public Policy Section, Latin American American Studies Association’s Brazil Section, Red para el Estudio de la Economía Política de América Latina (REPAL), and Yale’s Department of Political Science. I have also received funding from Facebook, MIT Gov/Lab, EGAP LatAm, SciBR, CNPq, Yale’s ISPS and MacMillan Center, IPEA, among others.

Book project

Public money, private organizations: the distributive politics of NGOs

Why do governments delegate welfare provision to nonstate organizations? In several emerging welfare states, as the state grows, so do nongovernmental organizations. Rather than being a symptom of weak governance or an apparent solution to government inefficiency, funding private charities to provide public services is a tactic that governments deliberately deploy to engender electoral support. Furthermore,delegation is also a consequence of connections between NGO and government staff that create channels of information that favor connected nonstate organizations. I examine these claims using original, fine-grained data from Brazil and a multi-method approach.

2019 Harold D. Lasswell Award for best dissertation in the field of public policy

2018 James G. March award by Yale’s Political Science department.