I am a Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School. My research focuses on comparative politics and political economy of development with a regional focus in Latin American. My broader research interests include urban informality, socioeconomic inequality, and democratization processes in developing countries.
In my dissertation I explore the relationships among urban slums, informal economies and partisan distributive politics in South American countries. Specifically, I examine the conditions under which urban slums persist or are incorporated into the formal city within and across cities of middle-income democracies.
Besides my dissertation, I investigate the association between electoral rules (i.e. compulsory voting) and redistributive policies in contexts where clientelistic linkages -strongly embedded in urban areas- prevail, as occurs in many of Latin American cities. On the other hand, together with Prof. Candelaria Garay, I look at the variation of healthcare provision at subnational level as a political strategy of territorial power building.
I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at the Universidad Católica de Chile. I hold a M.A. in political science from Torcuato Di Tella University, and a B.A. in political science from Universidad Católica Argentina.