I teach and do research on comparative politics. I received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, San Diego, in 1994. I came to Dartmouth in 2003. Before that, I taught at the Universidad Católica de Chile, the University of Rochester, Washington University in St. Louis, and at Harvard. I have also taught at the Fundación Juan March in Madrid, Spain.
I specialize in the study of constitutions, legislatures, elections, and Latin American politics. I’ve published the following books:
- Presidents and Assemblies: Constitutional Design and Electoral Dynamics (1992)
- Term Limits and Legislative Representation (1996)
- Executive Decree Authority (1998)
- Term Limits in the State Legislatures (2000)
- Legislative Voting & Accountability (2009)
as well as lots of academic journal articles, book chapters, and assorted commentaries.
I’m particularly interested in the design of new democratic institutions and the peformance of existing ones. I’ve done consulting on electoral system design in Afghanistan, Israel, Jordan, South Sudan, Tunisia, and Yemen, as well as in Nepal. I have recent or forthcoming articles on electoral reform in Chile and in Hong Kong, on compulsory voting and income inequality in Venezuela, on support for conspiracy theories in Venezuela (and among NFL fans in the United States), and on student preferences regarding campus diversity.
I am also a co-founder of an initiative called BrightLineWatch, which conducts surveys on democratic performance in the United States and elsewhere in an effort to monitor possible erosion in the quality of democracy.
I was the chair of Dartmouth’s Department of Government from 2009-2015, and since 2014, I have served on the steering committee of Dartmouth’s program in Quantitative Social Science. In 2012, I was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. In 2014, my co-author Matthew Shugart and I received the George H. Hallet Award from the American Political Science Association for our 1992 book, Presidents & Assemblies, judged to have made a lasting contribution to the study of representation and elections. For more on the courses I teach and my research and data, click on the links in the navigation menu at the top of this page. Current research is also available on my SSRN Author page at: http://ssrn.com/author=868704
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