TEACHING

My teaching takes place in the classroom, the Lab and the field. In the classroom, I teach the following seminars: Theories of Comparative Politics, the first of the core graduate sequence; Poverty and Governance;  Latin American Politics;  Authoritarian Regimes; and the Logics of Violence.

In the Lab I bring together a group of graduate and undergraduate students who actively participate in numerous research activities, including sponsored projects, where they learn to tackle challenging, real-world problems. I also take students to the field to do research in Guatemala, Brazil and Mexico



COURSES
Latin American Politics (Political Science 248S - 348S) Syllabus from Spring 2019

This is an advanced seminar on the political economy of Latin America during the XXth century. The course is divided into three thematic parts. The first part will examine the historical roots of political institutions and how these have impacted long-term economic development. The second set of themes focuses on political regimes. We will explore the causes of dictatorship, variation in autocratic rule, and the factors driving the democratization wave that swept Latin America since the early 1980s. The third set of topics explores selected themes, including political and criminal violence and ethnic politics.

Poverty and Governance (347G) Syllabus from Spring 2019

Poor governance ---manifested in corruption, absence of rule of law, abuse of power, ineffective government, political instability and violence--- is a leading cause of poverty and its persistence. The course will present a survey of some of the major works on the links between governance and poverty. Poverty relief requires active government involvement in provision of public services such as drinking water, healthcare, sanitation, education, roads, electricity and public safety. It also requires solving the problem of violence. Failure to tame violence, restrain corruption and deliver public goods and services is a major impediment to the alleviation of poverty. The course aims at providing students with knowledge regarding global poverty.

Authoritarian Politics with Lisa Blaydes (Political Science 244A - 444A) Syllabus from Spring 2020

This course offers a thematic approach to the study of authoritarian politics. We will cover the major areas of political science research on authoritarian politics and governance while simultaneously building empirical knowledge about the politics of particular authoritarian regimes. Students will be expected to produce a piece of original scholarly research related to the topic of authoritarian politics by the end of the quarter. Because this class is an advanced seminar, students will lead the discussion and also serve as discussants for the research projects of their fellow students.