I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at San Jose State University. My research interests include comparative political behavior and public opinion, elections and campaigns, parties and party systems, civil conflict, and political economy. I also conduct research in survey and experimental methods. My current research focuses on the effects of political polarization on political attitudes and voting behavior, the effects of political campaigns on partisanship, and the effects of democratic political institutions on agricultural policies, with and emphasis on Latin America.
My research has been published in journals in Political Science and Economics including Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, the Review of International Political Economy, Latin American Politics and Society, Economics of Governance, Conflict Management and Peace Science and the International Political Science Review.
In the classroom, I am passionate about introducing students to comparative politics, research design and the basics of quantitative analysis.