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    I study why participatory institutions succeed and fail, and how citizen participation can deepen the quality of democracy.

My research explores the causes and effects of non-electoral political participation in Latin America, with a focus on the strategic incentives of political parties and how they shape participatory institutions. I examine three related issues: 1) the political conditions that generate gaps between formal adoption and implementation of participatory institutions, 2) why participatory institutions succeed or fail once implemented, and 3) why individuals devote their limited time to non-electoral political participation, the effects their participation can have, and how these vary across political contexts.

My work has been funded by the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the Harvard University Committee on General Scholarships and the Jean Aubrey Westengard Fund. Thanks to this generous funding, I conducted 17 months of fieldwork in Bolivia, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela, and carried out a nearly 1800 person, nationally representative survey in Venezuela.

I hold a B.A. in English Literature from Indiana University and an M.A. in Liberal Studies from the New School for Social Research.