Alicia Dailey Cooperman

Alicia Dailey Cooperman


Trading Favors: Local Politics and Development in Brazil


Alicia's research focuses on the political economy of development, distributive politics, environmental politics and policymaking, and statistical methods, with a regional focus in Latin America. Her broader research agenda studies the politics of natural disasters, natural resource management, and climate adaptation.

Ms. Cooperman studies politics at the intersection of development and the environment. She makes a theoretical contribution to our understanding of distributive politics by emphasizing the agency of poor citizens in their interactions with brokers and politicians. She focuses on the way that collective action interacts with local politics to influence sustainable development.

By combining a deep understanding of the social and political realities of local contexts with cutting-edge climate data, her research illuminates the relationship between human and natural systems. As we face a growing issue of water scarcity, her findings help policymakers to improve water access, manage common resources, and strengthen drought resilience.

She has conducted extensive applied research in Brazil (18 months in 2016-2017) using field experiments, survey experiments, original household surveys, analysis of big data, and qualitative methods. Her methods training includes field experiments and randomization inference, multilevel models, regression discontinuity, limited dependent variable and panel data, and ArcGIS.

Education --

Master of International Affairs (Dean's Fellow), School of Global Policy & Strategy (formerly IR/PS) at University of California, San Diego, 2013.

B.A. in Human Biology (Phi Beta Kappa), Stanford University, 2008.