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I am a Ford Foundation Associate Professor of Democracy at the Kennedy School of Government. My research interests include social policy and redistribution, collective action, social movements, and interest representation, and environmental politics. In my book, Social Policy Expansion in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2016), I characterize and explain the recent expansion and cross-country variation in social policy programs (income transfers, pensions, and health-care services) for populations historically excluded from social protection in Latin America. The book received the 2017 Robert A. Dahl Award of the American Political Science Association (APSA) and an honorable mention for the 2018 Bryce Wood Book Award of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).

In my second book project (under advance contract with Cambridge University Press), I explain why coalitions between labor unions and informal-sector and/or rural worker movements have formed in some developing countries. I explore how and why these coalitions endure and analyze the ways in which they interact with political parties.

Other research projects focus on the implementation of environmental legislation, the politics of subnational healthcare services, and the relationships between political parties and social organizations.