Welcome! As of August 2012, I am an assistant professor of political science at Iowa State University. My research focuses on how citizens acquire the political traits that foster and sustain democracy. I emphasize the role of civil society groups, religious organizations, and informal social ties between elites and ordinary citizens, as well as among citizens. Regionally, my primary emphasis is on Latin America, though I have broad interests in comparative politics and political behavior. My work has appeared in American Journal of Political Science, Latin American Politics and Society, Journal of Politics in Latin America, and Latin American Research Review, and I have published a book on civil society and democracy in Brazil.