I am a Professor of Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, a Fellow of the Latin American Centre and a Fellow of St Hugh’s College.
My general research and teaching interests include comparative politics and comparative political economy. I am currently working on a number of projects. This includes a collaborative project on the political economy of labour informality and the social contract in Latin America; a monograph on the effect of remittances across Latin America; a collaborative project on the revealed position of Latin American presidents in their speeches; together with some work on populism and the development of ideology in children.
I also regularly contribute to the blog Presidential Power on news and issues related to executives in Latin America. I am the co-convener of the ECPR Standing Group on Latin American Politics. I am also an Associate Editor of the journal Oxford Development Studies.
My research has appeared (or is forthcoming) in journals such as the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Legislative Stuies Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, and the Journal of Public Policy, among others.
I spend most of my free time with my wife, Trish, and two small but noisy children, James and Aoibhinn. My personal website can be found here.