Filipe R. Campante is Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is interested in political economy, with special emphasis on understanding the constraints that are faced by politicians and governments beyond elections and formal "checks and balances," as well as the evolution and impact of cultural traits. His research has focused on topics such as the spatial distribution of population, the media, political protest and conflict, lobbying and campaign contributions, and religion. His work has appeared in leading academic journals such as the American Economic Review and the Quarterly Journal of Economics, among others. It has also received mentions in the New York Times, NPR, Washington Post, The Economist, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Affairs, Politico, among others. Campante is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and also affiliated with the Center for International Development, the Taubman Center for State and Local Government, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he holds a PhD from Harvard University, an MA from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, and a BA from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, all in economics.