I am a Ph.D. Candidate at the Department of Political Science of Northwestern University.
My general fields of study are comparative politics, Latin American politics, and methodology. My current research concerns the effects of political culture on behavior, representation, elections, and political parties with a focus on Brazil.
My dissertation focuses on the politics of clientelism, campaigning, and voting in rural Brazil. I explore the strategies that politicians and political parties use at the local level to win voters’ support. I also explore 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.