Out recently: Please check out the Winter 2017 edition of LASA Forum, in which Iñaki Sagarzazu, Raúl Sánchez-Urribarrí, and I helped organize a symposium on Venezuelan democracy.
I am an assistant professor of comparative politics in the Political Science Department at the U.S. Naval Academy. My research is broadly focused on the effects of political institutions on democratic stability, policymaking, and governance, especially in Latin America. I am also interested in the application of formal modeling and quantitative methodology to answering research questions in these areas. I am fluent in English and Spanish, and I also speak Portuguese.
One of my primary areas of research is how the executive branch of government exercises power. My current work examines how lawmakers in countries with low capacity bureaucracies assure the effective implementation of given public policies, and how their choice of bureaucratic agents affects the likelihood of policy success. My work uses the individual delegation decisions from over 45,000 executive decrees across ten Latin America countries to assess the determinants of delegation strategies, as well as case studies from Venezuela, Ecuador, and Brazil, to show the effects of politicians' delegation decision-making calculus. Part of this research was supported through National Science Foundation (NSF) Dissertation Improvement Grant SES-1263092.
I am also interested in presidential (in)stability, specifically in patterns of coups d'état and presidential impeachment, coalition dynamics under presidentialism, and the design of electoral institutions. Please contact me if you have any questions about my work or data.
Political Science Department
United States Naval Academy
589 McNair Road
Annapolis, Maryland 21402-5030