I am a Lecturer in Comparative Politics at Politics at the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University. I was previously an 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 have looked at the influence of people's racial appearance (phenotypes) on their political and social behavior in Brazil, Mexico, and the U.S.A; I have also looked at the effect of party labels in Mexico and Uganda. I have also analyzed the role of emotions as moderators of political judgment in Hungary, while being a Visiting Professor at the Central European University (CEU) and a at the Institute for Political Science at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. .
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 have been involved in large survey projects like the Mexican National Elections Study that is part of the Comparative Studies of Electoral Systems. I am a member of the Journal of Experimental Political Science, Political Behavior, and Revista Latinoamericana de Opinión Pública's editorial boards, as well as Associate Editor of Research and Politics. I participate in the Board of Directors of the Evidence and Governance in Politics network (EGAP) and in the Governing Council of the International Society of Political Psychology.
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.