David’s dissertation provides an institutional analysis to explain persistent differences in public policy and the provision of public goods while focusing on the Brazilian municipal context. His research often combines or compares disparate theories from literatures on legislative institu-tions, executive-legislative relations, coalitions and federalism or subnational politics. His disser-tation research is relevant to understanding Brazilian political institutions such as city councils and council members’ behaviors and their implications for policy comparisons between Brazilian municipalities. This research contributes an institutional explanation for persisting contextual dif-ferences and developmental outcomes sub-nationally in Latin America more generally. He is familiar with actively researching and living in the Latin American context—having completed eleven months of fieldwork in Brazil most recently. He has a high-intermediate language compe-tency in both Portuguese and Spanish whether written or spoken. David has consistently main-tained an emphasis on leading techniques for data acquisition—namely, the application of pro-gramming languages (such as Python) to automate data collection, treating text as data, and composing or managing ‘big data’.
Andrew Menger is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in the study of election administration and voter behavior. Andrew is currently writing his dissertation on measuring the costs of voting and their impacts on voter behavior using data from an original survey he authored and fielded for the 2016 Presidential election. In his research, he employs a variety of research methods, including observational voter data, original surveys, and field experiments. In addition to several working papers and articles under review, he and Dr. Stein have a forthcoming article in Public Administration Review that employs a field experiment to see which types of messages election administrators can use to affect voters’ methods and timing of balloting. He also studies methodological issues in the Political Science discipline and has authored original Stata software for a forthcoming article in Political Science Research and Methods with Dr. Esarey on how to deal with clustered data. Andrew expects to complete his Ph.D. in April 2018.
Carolina Tchintian is a PhD candidate specialized in comparative politics and Latin American politics, Carolina's research focuses on electoral systems and the effect of ballot design and voting laws on electoral outcomes. In her dissertation project Carolina studies how differences in ballot design and voting procedures are critical to understanding how people vote and the extent to which certain candidates or parties have a disproportionate advantage or disadvantage. She has a Master’s degree in public policy from the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, and a B.A. in political science from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, both in Argentina. Carolina was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2011 and her dissertation is currently supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Her research has been published in the Journal of Politics (forthcoming), Electoral Studies, and Revista de Ciencia Política.
Andrew Wood's research and teaching interests span international relations and comparative politics. His dissertation focuses on the causes and consequences of refugee flight and emphasizes how refugees both respond to and determine the course of civil conflicts. He has presented his work at the annual meetings of ISA, MPSA, and APSA. Andrew has a strong commitment to effective teaching and student development evidenced by his time in the classroom and peer consulting at Rice’s Center for Written, Oral, and Visual Communication. In addition, he has attended workshops and seminars, both at Rice and in the discipline, on effective teaching and has co-authored (with Dr. Justin Esarey) an article surveying the use of on-line tools for research and teaching within political science.