I am a Ph.D. candidate in Government at the University of Texas at Austin specializing in comparative politics and methodology, with a regional emphasis on Latin America. I study political behavior and public opinion in the context of political movements founded by charismatic leaders. My methodological interests range from survey and experimental analysis to historical investigation.

My current research investigates the survival of political movements in weakly institutionalized settings, focusing primarily on Argentine Peronism and Venezuelan Chavismo. In particular, I analyze the nature and trajectory of citizens’ persistent attachments to these movements as well as the conditions under which new leaders can claim these attachments for themselves and restore the movement to its political predominance. I recently completed a combined 15 months of fieldwork for this project in Argentina and Venezuela, during which I conducted interviews, focus groups, and two survey experiments with the support of a Fulbright IIE Scholarship and a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation.

My professional background is in teaching, career coaching, and economic development in the U.S., Argentina, and Japan.