I am a Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University. I am also an affiliated faculty at the Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development and the Director of the Poverty, Violence and Governance Lab.
My research focuses on the political economy of development. My work falls into four themes: i) authoritarian regimes; ii) indigenous governance and non-state provision of public goods; iii) violence, justice, and human rights; iv) and poverty relief and distributive politics. Much of my research has been on Latin America.
I am the author of Voting for Autocracy (2006, Cambridge University Press –winner of the Leon D. Epstein Outstanding Book Award for the best book written in the previous two years on parties and elections and the Best Book Award from the American Political Science Association’s Comparative Democratization Section). I am also the author of The Political Logic of Poverty Relief: Electoral Strategies and Social Policy in Mexico (2016, Cambridge University Press, co-authored with Alberto Diaz-Cayeros and Federico Estévez), and of Determinantes do uso da Força Policial no Rio de Janeiro (with Ignacio Cano). I am currently working on a book tentatively entitled Gangs, Mafias and the State: Criminal Governance and Police Violence in Rio de Janeiro (with Edgar Franco and Vanessa Melo.)
My articles have appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution, World Development, Comparative Political Studies, Annual Review of Political Science, Latin American Research Review, International Journal of Educational Development, Latin American Politics and Society, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Journal of Theoretical Politics, and Política y Gobierno.
I received my Ph.D. in political science from Duke University. I also hold a Law degree from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).