I am an Associate Professor (with tenure) in the Department of Political Science and Legal Studies at Suffolk University in Boston. I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Harvard University and my B.S. from the Department of Economic and Business Sciences at the University of Barcelona. My curriculum vitae is here.
My interests are political methodology, elections, and education. I am particularly interested in questions that involve estimating causal effects, such as What are the effects of negative and positive political TV advertising on voter turnout? What is the effect of incumbency status on electoral outcomes, and what are the mechanisms by which incumbents garner their advantage? What is the effect of a particular type of student collaboration on academic performance? and What is the effect of attenting a private school on educational outcomes?
My research has been published in Legislative Studies Quarterly, Electoral Studies, Political Research Quarterly, and PS: Political Science & Politics. My most recent publication is an introductory quantitative-methods textbook co-authored with Kosuke Imai, Data Analysis for Social Science: A Friendly and Practical Introduction (DSS), Princeton University Press, 2022. Assuming no prior knowledge of statistics or coding and only minimal knowledge of math, the book teaches the fundamentals of survey research, predictive models, and causal inference while analyzing data from published research with the free and popular statistical program R.
For the last six years, I have taught an introductory undergraduate quantitative-methods course at Suffolk University, Data Analysis and Politics (POLS 201). In it, students learn, by doing, how to code in R, use statistics and real-world data to answer substantive political questions such as What is the effect of Pfizer's vaccine on the probability of contracting COVID?, and identify the strengths and weaknesses of social scientific studies.
In 2022-23, I was honored to give the Convocation Speech at Suffolk, in 2021-22, I won Suffolk's Innovative Teaching Award for the innovations I have implemented in POLS 201, and in 2020-21, I was one of three faculty members nominated by Suffolk's Student Government Association for the Outstanding College of Arts and Sciences' Faculty Member of the Year Award.
I am affiliated with the Institute for Quantitative Social Science and the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University. Previously, I was a postdoctoral fellow in the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and a visiting scholar at the Juan March Institute.