Bio and CV


About Me
I was born in Bogotá, Colombia, where I lived long enough to learn to crawl and appreciate the aroma of coffee.  I grew up in the New York City area, in the village of Bronxville.  I received a B.A. from Yale University, where I majored in Philosophy and dabbled in Architecture and Latin American History.  After Yale, I moved to Barcelona, Spain and played baseball for two seasons for the Hercules de L'Hospitalet club of the Spanish Baseball League.  I then moved to Austin, TX to study Latin American Politics at the University of Texas. After completing an M.A. at Texas, I entered the Ph.D. program in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.  There I studied comparative politics, methodology, and political behavior and wrote a doctoral dissertation on the process of diffusion in transitions to and from democracy -- a study based, in part, on field work in Brazil.  My first teaching job was at the University of Illinois and I spent five happy years in the prairie before re-succumbing to the charms of Austin and the University of Texas, where I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Government.  These days, much of my work is on constitutional design, which if you attend a Longhorn game, you can hear about on a jumbotron narrated by Ray Benson.  I live in Austin with my wife, Jules, and three sons who have seemingly boundless energy.