Research

My research agenda focuses primarily on the impacts of immigration on countries of origin and destination and on political and electoral behavior from a comparative perspective.

My work on immigration focuses primarily on the role of the State as migrant-producing actor through the design and implementation of public policies as well as on how migration impacts the wellbeing of those left-behind. My work on political behavior illustrates my substantive and methodological interests as well as my regional focus in which I highlight its multidimensionality and its connection to the spatial context in which it take place.

In my research I apply complex survey techniques and employ advanced statistical methods to analyze primary and secondary experimental and observational data to better understand immigration’s impact on individuals and their communities of origin and destination as well as to gain insights on people’s attitudes, opinions and their electoral and political behaviors.

Interests

  • International Migration
  • Latino Politics
  • Development Studies
  • Survey Research, Statistics and Experimental Methods
  • Spatial Statistics and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Work in Progress

  • Climate Change and Its Electoral Consequences: The Case of Texas (co-authored with Markie McBrayer)

    Climate Change and Its Electoral Consequences: The Case of Texas (co-authored with Markie McBrayer)

  • Race, Income and Context in the 2006, 2008 and 2012 Presidential Elections (co-authored with Joseph Bafumi)

    Race, Income and Context in the 2006, 2008 and 2012 Presidential Elections (co-authored with Joseph Bafumi)

  • Not in my Backyard? The Impact of Geographical Distance and Partisanship on Attitudes Toward Immigration in Texas.

    Not in my Backyard? The Impact of Geographical Distance and Partisanship on Attitudes Toward Immigration in Texas.

  • Minority Governments and Legislative Capacity in Mexico's State Legislatures

    Minority Governments and Legislative Capacity in Mexico's State Legislatures