ABOUT ME

pic I am an ABD graduate student of Political Science and Scientific Computing, with a dual degree in Statistics, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Previous to my Ph.D. in Political Science I studied mathematics and computer science at the School of Mathematics and Computer Science (ICMC) at the University of Sao Paulo (USP) and social sciences at the School of Philosophy, Literature and Human Sciences (FFLCH) at the same university.

Currently (2018), I work with political methodology and political economy of distributive politics. On the methods side, I am interested in developing empirical (statistical) and formal (analytical) models to study politics of redistribution. I understand empirical modeling as the application of mathematical statistics to develop theory-oriented probabilistic models intended to account for the underlying process that generates the data. I am particularly interested in semi-parametric density estimation, models for dependent data, and modeling effect heterogeneity using stochastic processes. Semiparametric models provide a rich class of model-based clustering techniques to deal with latent effect heterogeneity. Those models have wide applicability in social sciences and also in other disciplines that use quantitative data analysis.

On the substantive side, I am interested in comparative analysis of preferences for redistribution as well as the relationship between economic development, inequality, and political behavior. I have developed and used models with a latent structure to investigate support for redistribution in comparative perspective. I also have studied the effect of electoral competition and legislative bargain on adoption of redistributive programs in multiparty systems.