I am associate professor of political science at the University of Amsterdam and a research fellow at the Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (Cedla). Before coming to Amsterdam, I obtained my PhD from Leiden University (2010) and I was a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for US-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego. My research focuses on subnational political institutions, state capacity, decentralization and democracy, with a regional emphasis on Latin America. My dissertation was nominated for the annual thesis award of the Dutch Political Science Association (NKWP) and in 2009, I received the Rudolf Wildenmann Prize of the European Consortium for Political Research. I am one of the co-editors of the journal Regional and Federal Studies.
My current research project “Neither Dwarf nor Leviathan: Explaining Territorial and Functional Variation in State Capacity” is funded by a Marie Curie grant from the European Commission. The project examines why states invest more in building capacity in some regions of a country than in others, and why the coercive and caring capacity of states is geographically uneven.
Forthcoming. "Spatial Tools for Case Selection: Using LISA Statistics to Design Mixed-Methods Research", Political Science Research and Methods. (with Matthew C. Ingram)
Forthcoming. "Politics in Space: Methodological Considerations for Taking Space Seriously in Subnational Research", Chapter Two in Inside Countries: Subnational Research in Comparative Politics, edited by Agustina Giraudy, Eduardo Moncada, and Richard Snyder (Cambridge University Press).
Forthcoming. "Contributions of the Postfunctionalist Theory of Governance to Subnational Research in Comparative Politics", Symposium 'Measuring and theorizing regional governance', Territory, Politics, Governance, DOI: 10.1080/21622671.2018.1445021.
2017. "Incorporating Space in Multimethod Research: Combining Spatial Analysis with Case-Study Research", PS: Political Science & Politics, Vol. 50(4), pp. 1032-1037. (with Matthew C. Ingram)
2017. "Geo-Nested Analysis: Mixed-Methods Research with Spatially Dependent Data", Political Analysis, Vol. 75(3), pp. 289-307. (with Matthew C. Ingram)
2017. "Spatial Effects and Party Nationalization: The Geography of Partisan Support in Mexico", Electoral Studies, 47, pp. 55-66.
2016. "A Battle for Hearts and Minds? Citizens’ Perceptions of Formal and Irregular Governance Actors in Urban Jamaica", Política y Gobierno, Volume XXIII, No. 1, pp. 97-123. (with Rivke Jaffe & Victor Cummings)
2015. " Taxation and the Unequal Reach of the State: Mapping State Capacity in Ecuador", Governance, 28(3), 373-391. (link to online appendix at the bottom of this page)
2014. “ States and Strategy in New Federal Democracies: Competitiveness and Intra-Party Resource Allocation in Mexico”, Party Politics, 20(6), 823-835.
2014. “ Democratic Institutions Beyond the Nation State: Measuring Institutional Dissimilarity in Federal Countries”, Government and Opposition, 49(1), 24-46. (with Matthew C. Ingram)
2013. “ Attitude Variability among Latin American Publics: How Party System Structuration Affects Left/Right Ideology”, Comparative Political Studies, 46(8), 947-967. (with Catherine E. de Vries & Marco R. Steenbergen)
2012. “ On the Local Politics of Administrative Decentralization: Applying for Policy Responsibilities in Ecuador”, Publius - The Journal of Federalism, 42(1), 52-77. (with Jörg Faust)
2010. “ Decentralization and the Development of Nationalized Party Systems in New Democracies: Evidence from Latin America”, Comparative Political Studies, 43(5), 606-627.
2007. “ Democratic Deepening in Third Wave Democracies: Experiments with Participation in Mexico City”, Political Studies, 55(1), 38-58.