Welcome to my website. I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Juan March – Carlos III Institute. I have previously been a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions (Vanderbilt University). In May 2014, I obtained a PhD in Political Science from New York University.
In my research, I integrate observational data, survey experiments and text analysis to pursue two areas of study: the effect of politicians’ communication on voters perceptions of where a party stands on issues and, second, the conditions that enable political corruption to take root in a polity. My work has appeared or is forthcoming in the British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies and Political Science Research and Methods.
My research is motivated by the mismatch between normative ideals and actual patterns of democratic representation. In my first line of research, I analyze whether citizens believe political parties when they campaign on new policy positions. I identify contexts in which voters infer that new policy stances represent a genuine change in the party’s ideology rather than a short-term electoral strategy. As a whole, my work helps illuminate heuristics that citizens use to make informed voting decisions at the ballot box.
In a related research agenda, I seek to understand why having free and fair democratic elections often fails to uproot political corruption. In a series of papers I make the case that providing credible information about corruption alone is not sufficient to ensure that accused incumbents are voted out of office because citizens are willing to exonerate politicians that break the law as long as they also reap benefits from corruption.