I am an assistant professor at the Instituto de Ciencia Política, Universidad Católica de Chile, having obtained my PhD from Princeton University in 2009. My research focuses on issues of democracy, institutional arrangements, the legislative process, and research methods, with an emphasis on cases in Latin America. I am currently completing a book manuscript, Pathways to Legislation: Executive Decrees and Congress in the Legislative Process, which examines the choice to rely on executive decrees rather than congressional statutes when legislating, a tendency that has been on the rise in new democracies worldwide.
Other research projects on which I am currently working include an analisis of the effects of the veto prerogative within the legislative process, where I have been collaborating with Gisela Sin, a project analyzing the effects of constitutional reforms on enduring Third Wave democracies, and a project on transitional justice with Laia Balcells and Elsa Voytas.
My most recent publications appear in Comparative Political Studies, Revista de Ciencia Política, and Legislative Studies Quarterly. I am also the co-author of the book Congreso Presidencia y Justicia. Materiales para su estudio, with Guillermo Molinelli and Gisela Sin Editorial Temas.
I was a Visiting Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies during the Fall of AY 2009.
I was Director of the PhD program in Political Science at the Universidad Católica de Chile from 3/2014 through 8/2016.