Research

My research broadly focuses on the comparative study of political institutions, and in particular on the relationship between state and local institutions and outcomes IMG_3621 (2)that are important for democratic quality and legitimacy such as opinions about democracy, representation, and state economic performance. I am currently in the process of writing my dissertation which focuses on the impact of subnational authoritarianism on the way citizens view their national democratic system. The dissertation also addresses the effect of subnational authoritarianism on state economic conditions and how they may moderate the effect of regime type on opinions about democracy. Beyond my dissertation, I have a published piece in the Quarterly Journal of Political Science. It uses AfroBarometer data to explore a source of bias in estimates of poverty from large public opinion surveys. I also have two pieces under review. In a paper that is currently under review at the British Journal of Political Science, my coauthors and I explore the relationship between electoral competition at the municipal level in Mexico and the provision of clean air as a pure public good.  The second, under review at the Latin American Research Review, examines the relationship between individual partisanship, mayoral partisanship and public opinion about municipal and federal government in Brazil.

Field Study Experience

To support my dissertation, I conducted a field study in Brazil in July-August 2017. I traveled to the states of Rio Grande do Sul and Bahia to interview state government officials, state deputies, journalists, NGO leaders, and local academics about the state of democracy in these two states. I chose these two state because Bahia has a history of authoritarian governance, while Rio Grande do Sul has a more democratic reputation.

Grants and Fellowships

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Fall 2012-2017
  • Program in Comparative Politics Field Research Support Grant, Summer 2017
  • Program in Comparative Politics Research Support Grant, Summer 2016
  • RGSO Dissertation Support Grant, Spring 2016

Publications

  • Elizabeth Carlson and Amanda Fidalgo (2016), “When a Null Pocketbook Effect is the Artifact: Strategically Underreported Income and the Attenuation of Egotropic Voting”, Quarterly Journal of Political Science: Vol. 11: No. 3, pp 339-361. http://dx.doi.org/10.1561/100.00015172

Under Review

Working Paper

Conference Presentations 

  • Incomplete Democracy: Subnational authoritarian enclaves and support for democracy. Panel Presentation, American Political Science Association Conference, August 28-September 3 2017, San Francisco, CA
  • Federalism and Democracy: Subnational (un)democratic regimes and opinions about democracy. Panel Presentation, Midwest Political Science Association Conference, April 6-9 2017, Chicago, IL
  • Does Partisanship Matter in a Weak Party Federal System? Partisan Cues and Federalism in Brazil. Panel Presentation, Citizens and the State: Public Opinion, Democracy, and Development in Brazil, April 5, 2017, South Bend IN
  • Federalism and Democracy: Subnational (un)democratic regimes and economic performance. Panel Presentation, American Political Science Association Conference, September 1-4, 2016, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Partisanship, Public Opinion, and the Federal Balance of Power in Brazil. Panel Presentation, Latin American Studies Association Congress , May 28-31, 2015, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Partisanship, Public Opinion, and the Federal Balance of Power in Brazil. Panel Presentation, Midwest Political Science Association Conference, April 16-19, 2015, Chicago IL
  • Does Federalism Improve a Country’s Ability to Protect Human Rights?, Poster Presentation, Midwest Political Science Association Conference, April 12 – 15 2012, Chicago Il
  • Does Federalism Improve a Country’s Ability to Protect Human Rights?, Panel Presentation, Southern Political Science Association annual meeting, January 12-14 2012,New Orleans, LA
  • Federalism and Human Rights: A Comparative Analysis, panel Presentation, Southern Political Science Association annual meeting, January 5-8 2011, New Orleans, LA

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