I am a Ph.D.(c) in Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. My research interests include comparative political economics, Latin American politics, special interest groups, coalition formation politics, and quantitative methods.
My work spans the fields of comparative politics, political economy, and political behavior. The underlying theme that unites my research is the interaction between politics and economics and its consequences for economic policy-making and outcomes. I study what motivates economic and political actors when they intervene in economic policy-making, and the consequences of these incentives for policy outcomes. In particular, I am very interested in the role of special interest groups influencing policy-making and their strategies to control public policies.
Consequently, my research explores the intersection between traditional topics in comparative politics and topics that are usually understudied through the lens of political economy. Although I consider myself as a Latin-Americanist, my regional focus does not limit my theoretical interests and the scope of my empirical research. In fact, my current research contributes to broader issues in political science as the study of special interest groups, the models of capitalism, and politics of coalition formation.
I have done extensive field research in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Colombia. But I am also interested in the political economy of deficit reduction in Mexico, the United States, and Europe.
My research is published or is forthcoming in Comparative Political Studies, Electoral Studies, the American Journal of Public Health, and the Routledge Handbook of Latin American Politics.
EMAIL: ncc12 [at] pitt [dot] edu — VERSION EN ESPAÑOL