My research focuses on corruption, clientelism, legislative assemblies and political parties. Before my dissertation, I investigated how corruption and clientelism affects accountability in Brazil, from a comparative perspective. I'm also interested in understanding the effectiveness of accountability and transparency enhancing reforms. My dissertation builds on my preceding work by investigating how clientelism and corruption affect legislative parties in Brazil. I show how conventional theories of legislative parties don't apply to most of the developing world where clientelism is pervasive. I argue that clientelism strengthens legislative party leaders and my findings have important normative implication for the Brazilian case specifically and for legislative theories in general.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • PhD candidate: Political Science, UMN,
  • Master: Political Science, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil, 2012 -
  • BA: Social Sciences, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil, 2010 -


  • Comparative Politics
  • American Politics
  • Political Institutions, Legislative Studies and Political Parties
  • Corruption, Clientelism and Accountability