Leonardo Falabella


I am a Ph.D. candidate in political science at UC San Diego and a Fellow at the Department of Government of the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

In my dissertation, I study how cultural values shape expectations of public goods provision. Using qualitative interviews, observational data and experimental evidence, I argue that voters expect candidates with shared cultural values to behave more ethically and perform better than candidates without shared cultural values. My research contributes to understanding the role of culture and economic interests in vote choice.

Teaching is central to my career. I have developed online resources for undergraduate education, conducted research in pedagogy, and served as primary instructor for courses in political methods and comparative politics. 

In recognition of my contributions to teaching, I have been awarded the Barbara and Paul Saltman Excellent Teaching Award, a prestigious university-wide award bestowed upon three graduate students per year

You can learn more about my pedagogy here.