I am an Associate Professor of Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of St Hugh’s College. I am a member of the Latin American Centre.
My general research and teaching interests include comparative politics and comparative political economy. I am currently working on a number of projects. These include a project on taxation and tax morale in Latin America and a project on the political effect of migrant remittances.
I am an Associate Editor of Oxford Development Studies and as of Januaury 2019, I will be on the editorial board of the Journal of Latin American Studies. For the last five years, I was a regular contributor to the blog Presidential Power on news and issues related to Latin America and I was also the co-convener of the ECPR Standing Group on Latin American Politics.
My research has appeared in journals such as the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, the British Journal of Political Science and Comparative Political Studies, among others.
Progressive tax policy and informal labor in developing economies (with Néstor Castañeda), forthcoming in Governance.
When the Money Stops: Declines in Financial Remittances and Incumbent Approval (with Catherine De Vries, Katerina Terytchnaya and Hector Solaz), 2018. American Political Science Review, Vol. 112, 4, pp. 758-774.
Presidents, Policy Compromise and Legislative Success (with Christian Arnold and Nina Wiesehomeier). 2017. Journal of Politics, Vol. 79, 2, pp. 380-395.
Measuring Legislative Power: An Expert Reweighting of the Fish-Kroenig Parliamentary Powers Index (with Svitlana Chernykh and Tim Power). 2017. Legislative Studies Quarterly, Vol. 42, 2, pp. 295-320.
Maximizing the reliability of cross-national measures of presidential power (with Robert Elgie). 2016. British Journal of Political Science, Vol. 46, 4, pp. 731-741.
Remittances and Social Spending. 2015. Amercian Political Science Review, Vol. 109, 4, pp. 785-802.
Life Satisfaction and the Left Turn in Latin America (with Nina Wiesehomeier). 2014. Political Science Research and Methods. Vol 1, 2, pp. 201-221.
Attitudes, Ideological Associations and the Left-Right Divide in Latin America (with Nina Wiesehomeier). 2012. Journal of Politics in Latin America, Vol. 4, 1, pp. 3-33.
Pressures to Privatize? The IMF, Globalization and Partisanship in Latin America. 2012. Political Research Quarterly, Vol. 65, 3, pp. 572-585.
Explaining Contemporary Populism in Latin America. 2011. Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 44, 11, pp. 1447-1473.
Politics and Privatization: Exogenous pressures, domestic incentives and state divestiture in Latin America. 2011. Journal of Public Policy, Vol. 30, 3, pp. 291-320.