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With an eye on Brazil, I study democracy, social movements and urban poverty through both quantitative and qualitative comparative methods. I teach about American and Latin American politics and institutions, as well as scientific inquiry and research methods. Through the latter, I engage my undergraduate students in self-directed research, and am currently co-authoring papers with two.
My current research agenda revolves around the importance of social capital to the amorphous and asynchronous social movements of Rio de Janeiro's poor, and the varied success these groups have in gaining public resources.