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


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Welcome! I am an assistant professor of political science at Iowa State University. My research focuses on how citizens in new democracies and developing countries acquire the political traits that foster and sustain democracy. I am particularly interested in the ways disadvantaged groups and racial and religious minorities identify their interests, seek representatives, and are mobilized into politics. A lot of my work looks at the role of informal social ties and religious organizations in these processes. Regionally, I often focus on Latin America, and especially Brazil.

My work has appeared or will appear in a number of peer-reviewed outlets, including the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political ScienceComparative Political Studies, the International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Politics and ReligionLatin American Politics and Society, Journal of Politics in Latin America, and Latin American Research Review. My research has been supported by Fulbright and by the National Science Foundation, and I am proud to be a friend to (and research affiliate of) the Latin American Public Opinion Project. In 2016-2017 I will be a Visiting Fellow at Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute of International Studies.