I am a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow in Politics at Nuffield College at the University of Oxford. I defended my Ph.D. thesis in Political Science at Northwestern University in June 2019. I have an M.A in Political Science from the Graduate Research Institute of the State of Rio de Janeiro (IUPERJ) [current IESP/UERJ] and a B.A in Law from the University of São Paulo (USP).
My general fields of study are comparative politics, Latin American politics, and methodology. My current research concerns the effects of political culture on political behavior, representation, elections, and political parties with a focus on Brazil.
I research the politics of clientelism, elections, and voting behavior in developing democracies. I explore the strategies that politicians and political parties use at the local level to win voters’ support, especially low-income voters. I also study the strategies that voters use when deciding whether to vote for a candidate. In a second and related research agenda, I seek to explain the persistence of corrupt electoral practices amid socioeconomic changes and amid societal disapproval in Brazil. In pursuing these research questions, I employ ethnographic and historical methods, which provide new insights into the experienced reality of individuals in the communities under study.