Images above: People and public spaces, Brazil, 2008-2009.


I am an assistant professor of political science at Iowa State University. During the 2016-2017 academic year I am a Visiting Fellow at Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies. In my research, I investigate how citizens in developing countries acquire political information, learn democratic attitudes and behavior, and mobilize to get democratic representatives to serve their interests. With a regional focus on Latin America and especially Brazil, I am especially interested in citizens who are typically underrepresented: women, the lower class, religious minorities, and racially disadvantaged groups. I emphasize the way political socialization occurs through everyday social encounters: informal social ties, religious organizations, and civic education programs. At present, I am working on a book manuscript entitled Crosses and Culture Wars: Evangelicals, Catholics, and Brazilian Democracy.

My work has appeared in a number of peer-reviewed outlets, including the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, and Comparative Political Studies, and it has been funded by Fulbright and by the National Science Foundation. I am proud to be a friend to (and research affiliate of) the Latin American Public Opinion Project. In September 2016, I received the Award for Early Achievement in Research from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State.