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I am a comparativist with an empirical focus on Latin America in particular and unequal developing countries more broadly. My research interests include social policy and redistribution, subnational politics and territorial inequality, and collective action and party 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 I explain why coalitions between labor unions and informal and/or rural worker movements have formed in some developing countries but not in others. I explore how and why these coalitions endure, and I analyze the ways in which they interact with political parties and within the electoral arena.

Other research projects focus on the implementation of environmental legislation in Latin America, the expansion of local health care infrastructure, the evolution of territorial inequality in third-wave democracies, and the relationships between political parties and social organizations in nascent democracies.