Teaching

Corruption

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

Title: Visiting Assistant Professor. Harvard University, Department of Government. 
Summary: The peculiar and enigmatic relationship between corruption and politics is poorly understood and commonly distorted by ideological rhetoric. This seminar explores the many unusual paradoxes of corruption and its effect on economic and social variables. Our aim is to understand the characteristics of different forms of corruption, the sweeping anti-corruption efforts that are gaining steam worldwide, and the often questionable political motives behind them...

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U.S.-Mexico Relations

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019
Titles: Visiting Assistant Professor. Harvard University, Department of Government
 Instructor. Harvard Summer School.  
Summary: Mexico is one of the U.S.’s most important political, economic, and strategic allies. The history of both nations is inherently intertwined, and thus bears a unique combination of characteristics unseen in the rest of the world.  This course will explore Mexico’s idiosyncratic political identity and the distinctive ways in which...
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Introduction to Public Policy

Semester: 

Summer

Offered: 

2019

Titles: Instructor. Harvard Summer School (2019, 2018).
           Visiting Assistant Professor. Purdue University (2018).
Summary: With political polarization fastly becoming the defining issue of our time, there is a pressing need to develop a more precise understanding of the actions of government and the intentions that determine such actions. In this class, we will develop an in-depth understanding of what public policy is and why we sometimes justify government involvement in solving social problems. We will...

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Mexican politics

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019
Title: Visiting Assistant Professor. Harvard University, Department of Government.
Summary: Mexico's history features a unique combination of characteristics unseen in the rest of the world. It experienced a prolonged and violent revolutionary war, constructed one of the world's longest-lasting authoritarian regimes, and yet consolidated a democratic political system that's vulnerable to populist appeals. Most countries during the past century had only one or two of these features, but not all three. This course will explore Mexico's idiosyncratic... Read more about Mexican politics

Corruption in Latin America

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019

Title: Visiting Assistant Professor. Harvard University, Department of Government.
Summary: The standard image of corruption entails wealthy elites in poor countries easily breaking weak laws to increase their wealth. Yet Latin America, according to empirical evidence, dees that common trend because it is the only region in the world in which corruption tends to reduce income inequality rather than increase it. This seminar explores the many unusual paradoxes of corruption in Latin America and its effect on economic and social variables. ...

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Advanced Quantitative Methods for Social Sciences

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2018

Title: Visiting Assistant Professor. Purdue University (2018, 2017).
Summary: The goal of this course is to equip students with the tools, and thus the responsibility, to conduct accountable quantitative social science. Students will learn advanced data analysis skills to implement and replicate methods that are now considered basic staples of quantitative science. Specically, we will study statistical learning techniques like linear regression, classication, sampling, subset selection, and unsupervised learning. By the end of this course,...

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Corruption and Inequality

Semester: 

Summer

Offered: 

2017
Title: Instructor. Harvard Summer School
Summary: Corruption and inequality share a peculiar and enigmatic dance that is poorly understood and distorted by ideological rhetoric. But with inequality fast becoming the defining issue of our time, and sweeping anti-corruption efforts gaining steam in developing countries (often with questionable political motives, as recently witnessed in Brazil), there is a pressing need to develop a more precise picture of when and how these forces interact. In this class, we’ll answer why corruption sometimes... Read more about Corruption and Inequality

Math “Pre-fresher” for Political Scientists

Semester: 

Summer

Offered: 

2010

Title: Instructor. Harvard University, Department of Government (2010, 2009).
Summary:  This course introduces basic mathematics and computer skills needed for quantitative and formal modeling courses offered at Harvard.