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I am Associate Professor of Political Science and Associate Research Fellow at the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research and the Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University. During the 2019-2020 academic year, I will be a Visiting Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.

I study the political economy of developing countries, with a regional focus on Latin America. My research interests include elections, clientelism, corruption, and patronage politics. My book manuscript (under contract at Cambridge University Press) focuses on one of the mechanisms that undermines the quality of democratic politics in developing countries —the political use of public employment. A 2019 edited volume, Campaigns and Voters in Developing Democracies (with Noam Lupu and Luis Schiumerini, University of Michigan Press), examines the determinants of vote choice in developing countries. In May 2013, I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University

My research has appeared in American Journal of Political ScienceComparative Political StudiesComparative Politics, Economics and Politics, International Journal of Public Opinion ResearchLatin American Research Review, and Political Analysis.

Contact Information
Political Science Department
Tulane University
6823 St. Charles Avenue
Norman Mayer Building, Room 311
New Orleans, LA 70118
Email: volivero@tulane.edu
Phone: (504) 862-8306