Davidâ€™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 membersâ€™ 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 contextâ€”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 acquisitionâ€”namely, the application of pro-gramming languages (such as Python) to automate data collection, treating text as data, and composing or managing â€˜big dataâ€™.
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 Riceâ€™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.