Research Programs

My research has focused on three aspects of the politics of urban service delivery in Latin America and the developing world more broadly. A first project examines the politics of regulation in developing countries, focusing on governmental regulation of privatized infrastructure. A second research program examines urban public sector reform initiatives, and shows how new types of data made available through such programs allows us to revisit conventional approaches to studying local public service delivery. In a third project, I am establishing a research agenda for comparative urban politics and writing a book on the politics of urban policy in Latin America. In each of these research programs, I employ complementary research methodologies, such as qualitative research and statistical analysis drawing on observational, field experimental, crowd-sourced, and map data. For more information: