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My research lies at the intersection of political economy and comparative politics, and spans elections in developing and developed contexts with a particular focus on Mexico. In particular, I study how the timing of news consumption, the types of information consumed, and levels of education affect how voters hold politicians to account for their performance in office. As well as bottom-up voter behavior, I also examine how politicians communicate their platforms and how information shapes their electoral strategies, as well as when media outlets choose to report political news. To analyze these questions, I combine large and often novel data sources with quasi-experimental and experimental designs, and use theoretical models to differentiate mechanisms and interpret causal estimates.
In Spring 2017, I am teach an undergraduate seminar examining the role of the media in politics and a graduate seminar combining theoretical and empirical methods to study key topics in comparative political economy.
In Fall 2016, I taught a new undergraduate class - "Comparative Political Economy" - investigating how political institutions and behavior shape economic outcomes, and vice versa, across the world today. I intend to teach this again during the 2017-18 academic year.
This wordle represents the focal themes of my research paper abstracts: