about me

I am currently a Senior Applied Data Scientist at Civis Analytics based in Houston, TX. I am also a Research Associate at the Hobby School for Public Affairs at the University of Houston.

Prior to that I was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas Tech University and a Lecturer in Comparative Politics in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow in Scotland.

I obtained my Ph.D. in the Department of Political Science at the University of Houston in May 2010. After graduation I worked for two years as a Post-Doc at the Center for Experimental Social Sciences at Nuffield College in the University of Oxford.

Broadly speaking my research interests focus on Comparative Politics and Quantitative Methods. Whithin these I am interested in, but not limited to, Political Communication, Political Institutions, Parties and Party Systems, Legislatures, Elections, and Content Analysis.

My current research is focused in understanding what shapes political communications and what are its consequences. In particular what is the effect that institutions have on the dynamics of issue politics, and how do these dynamics affect individual voters. Other research projects involve developing and using content analysis techniques for understanding different political problems (such as issue attention in political speeches, court decisions, etc) and understanding Venezuelan Politics.