Instruction is an integral role of academic life, and one with which I have always engaged both in and outside of the classroom. I have (and continue to) mentored both undergraduate and graduate students. These experiences are important in their own right and also inform my teaching. For example, they have led me to develop a methods course that is designed to educate undergraduate and masters students on how to assess causal claims. Such students often have little interest in advanced methods training yet would greatly benefit (professionally and personally) from improving their understanding of inference.


Lecturer, Yale University, Department of Political Science and MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies (Fall 2013)
  • Brazil: Land of the Future? (Syllabus available here).
  • Debating Globalization (with Ernesto Zedillo).

Lectures and Invited Talks

  • Guest lecture (focusing on Brazil) for a course on the law and politics of affirmative action, Yale University. (Spring 2013).
  • Guest lecture on corruption for Introduction to Latin American Politics, Yale University. (Fall 2011).
  • “Understanding Corruption and Clientelism in Mexico and Brazil.” Guest lecture for course entitled Politics, Corruption, and Violence, University of Toronto.  (October 2010).
  • “The End of the Closed Corral: Explaining the Decline of Clientelism in Brazil.&rdquo Guest lecture at the Instituto Histórico e Geagráfico do Rio Grande do Sul. (September 2010).
  • "Applying to U.S. Graduate Programs." Invited talk to new masters students while Fox Fellow at the University of Sao Paulo. (March 2011).

Related Experience

Teaching Fellow, Yale University, Department of Political Science (Fall 2008 - Spring 2013)
  • I taught sections, helped design curriculum and exams, and conducted other tasks for courses on The Economic Evolution of Latin America (with Ernesto Zedillo), Debating Globalization (with Ernesto Zedillo), International Political Economy (with Ken Scheve), Introduction to Latin American Politics (with Sue Stokes), Parties and Elections (with David Mayhew) New Haven and the American City (with Douglas Rae).
Consultant, Yale University Statistics Laboratory (2010-2013)
  • Taught workshops on research design, writing, and statistics and provided consulting services to students, faculty, and staff (2010-2013).