My research investigates the institutional sources of increasing protest demands, and the context under which some demands are more likely to materialize in protest than others. Specifically, I examine how citizens engage and make demands on their governments in the context of weak institutional accountability. I received my PhD in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and in May 2020, I will be joining the Department of Government at the University of Essex as an Assistant Professor (Lecturer in UK terminology).
The increasing trend of demand making through protest and the heterogeneity across countries was the focus of my dissertation. My dissertation project, Protesting for More: Corruption, Democracy, and the Making of Demands is focused on examining the relationship between political corruption, democracy, and the number of demands made in the streets. A central question surfacing in the wake of the aforementioned growth in demands transmitted through protest is why citizens are voicing more of their demands via protest activity, thus, increasingly choosing contentious forms of political engagement while sidelining more institutional forms of political participation.
Beyond the study of protest, I am also interested in and have an active research agenda on, attitudes towards democracy, political participation in autocracies, elections in Latin America, indigenous attitudes in Bolivia, and the informal sector across Latin American countries. Across those topics, I have publications at the British Journal of Political Science, Foreign Policy, World Development, and Revista Latinoamericana de Opinion Publica, as well as several projects in progress.