I am a Postdoctoral Associate in the Political Science Department of the University of Notre Dame and a Visiting Scholar at the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies. During 2015-2017, I was a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow in Politics at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. I earned a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University and a B.A. in Political Science from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella.

 I am also a board member of the 2015 Argentine Panel Election Study and a research associate at the Center for the Politics of Development at the University of California, Berkeley.

My research examines political behavior and democratic representation in the developing world. My work has been published at Perspectives on Politics and Journal of Conflict Resolution, and is forthcoming at the British Journal of Political Science. In all of this research I employ tools of causal inference – such as natural and survey experiments – to investigate the conditions under which citizens can effectively engage in electoral accountability, participate in mass protests, and form preferences for redistribution. 

My book project explores the puzzle of incumbency effects in Latin America. Why do voters systematically reelect incumbents in Argentina and Chile and frequently oust them in Brazil? Why would voters prefer or oppose politicians by sole virtue of their holding office? Drawing on twelve months of fieldwork Brazil, Argentina, and Chile, as well as on my own survey and natural experiments, I show that political institutions – budget control, party systems, and electoral rules – are key factors in whether incumbency helps or hurts office-holders. 

You can access my CV here and contact me at luis.schiumerini@nd.edu