I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at The University of Texas-Pan Americanand Associate Research Fellow at the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research at Tulane University.  My research interests lie in the political economy and comparative politics of developing democracies with an emphasis on Latin America, and political methodology.  I examine the political determinants of financial and trade liberalization policies, the relationship between electoral corruption and economic development, the effects of international financial institutions, and the determinants of electoral corruption. My work has been published at Comparative Political Studies, Conflict Management and Peace Science, the Review of International Political Economy, the International Political Science Review, and Economics of Governance.  I received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame