Greetings, and welcome to my webpage! I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at San José State University and Associate Research Fellow at the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research at Tulane University. My research and teaching interests lie in comparative politics, political economy, economic development, and political methodology, with an emphasis in Latin America. Specifically, I examine the determinants of clientelism and its political and policy consequences, the political and policy consequences of globalization, the political determinants of financial policies, and the policy consequences of party systems. My work has been published at Comparative Political Studies, Latin American Politics& Society, the Review of International Political Economy, Conflict Management & Peace Science, Economics of Governance, and the International Political Science Review. I received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame (2011).