I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Politics Department at Princeton University with a joint degree in Social Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. I study the relationship between inequality, political participation and state capacity, with a regional focus on Latin America. My dissertation is a book project that explores the determinants of subnational variation in fiscal capacity. The book produces the unexpected conclusion that wealthy elites in unequal settings benefit from and actively seek to improve the ability of local governments to tax, even when this increases their own fiscal burden. The project relies on original data compiled through extensive archival research and quantitative analysis, as well as qualitative case studies.
My work has been published in the American Political Science Review, and has been funded by the The Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice and PIIRS.
I received a master’s degree in economics from the Paris School of Economics and a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. My undergraduate degree is from the Universidade de São Paulo, where I majored in economics.