I am Associate Professor at the Political Studies Division at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE).
I completed a PhD in Political Science at the University of Michigan. My research looks at the effect of different social contexts on people’s political behavior. For example, I look at the influence of people's racial appearance (phenotypes) on their political and social behavior in the U.S.A., looking at Mexican Americans, and in Mexico.
I have expanded my research to look at the effect of gender and racial prejudices as well as how to apply experimental research across contexts (i.e. Brazil, Uganda.) I am also working in different new projects. One looks at the interaction of authoritarian and populist predispositions in comparative perspective. The other looks at ways of improving the measurement and meaning of partisanship in new democracies. Finally, I am interested in researching better measurement methods for political concepts in survey methodology.
I am also the Co-Principal Investigator of the Mexican National Elections Study that is part of the Comparative Studies of Electoral Systems. I am the National Representative for Mexico at the Executive Council of the World Association of Public Opinion Research. I am a member of Political Behavior and the Journal of Experimental Political Science's editorial boards, as well as Associate Editor of Research and Politics. I am a member of the Evidence and Governance in Politics network (EGAP).
I also enjoy teaching. I have taught different courses: 1) Introduction to Comparative Politics; 2) Psychological Processes of Racial Prejudice in the U.S.A.; 3) Construction of Mexico's National Identity and Racial Ideology; 4) Public Opinion and Political Behavior; and 5) Political Psychology and Experimental Methods.