am an Associate Professor and 2011-2012 Raymond Dickson Teaching Fellow in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin.
My research focuses on authoritarian regimes, democratization, political parties, elections, and voting behavior. My book, Why Dominant Parties Lose: Mexico's Democratization in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2007 hardback and 2009 paperback), offers a new theory of single-party dominance based on the party affiliation decisions of individual politicians. It was awarded the 2008 Best Book Award from the Comparative Democratization Section of the APSA.
Currently, I am Principal Investigator on the Mexico 2012 Panel Study. I have published work in World Politics, the American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, PS: Political Science and Politics, Latin American Politics and Society, Politica y Gobierno, Foreign Affairs en Espanol, and several book chapters.