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I am associate professor of Political Science at Yale. I am also affiliated with the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, the Institution of Social and Policy Studies, and the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. My research relates to the political economy of poverty alleviation, clientelism and the provision of public goods. I have also done work on factors that shape preferences for income redistribution, such as religion, and factors influencing political participation such as political interest and access to information about local governments’ performance. My work has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, the Quarterly Journal of Political Science, and the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. I earned my PhD in Political Science from M.I.T. in 2007. I recently completed a book manuscript that explores the causes and political consequences of the proliferation of Conditional Cash Transfers in Latin America.

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