An expert on Hugo Chavez, Latin America, democracy and elections
Professor of International Relations and Political Science, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
- Latin America
- politics and democracy
- monitoring and measurement of democracy
- Latin American politics
- Author of Measuring Democracy: A Bridge Between Scholarship and Politics (2009)
- Has done extensive consulting with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Organization of American States. Worked on the UNDP report “Democracy in Latin America” (2004), and is active in various initiatives to promote and monitor democracy.
- Author and co-author of two chapters in Brady and Collier’s edited volume Rethinking Social Inquiry, recipient of the 2005 Giovanni Sartori Book Award of the American Political Science Association Qualitative Methods Section.
- Recipient of 2003 Award for Conceptual Innovation in Democratic Studies, International Political Science Association Committee on Concepts and Methods and Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Mexico, for “Conceptualizing and Measuring Democracy: Evaluating Alternative Indices,” Comparative Political Studies (2002).
- “Soldiers and Workers in Argentina, 1976-83” (1998) was selected by Choice Magazine of Authoritarianism and Democratization as one of the “Outstanding Academic Titles for 1999.”