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Welcome to my webpage! I am a political scientist, with a Ph.D. from UC, Berkeley. I study interest representation and political economy, centrally in Latin America. My book project examines the participation of small business and peasant organizations in development policy in Mexico.  While scholars and practitioners posit that civil society participation strengthens development policy and democratic institutions, the empirical reality is often the opposite, as interest organizations frequently prioritize patronage over policy engagement. I show that interest organization participation in policymaking is shaped by organizations’ strategies for sustaining collective action and the electoral incentives of ruling politicians.

My dissertation received the 2016 Harold D. Lasswell Award from the American Political Science Association for best dissertation in public policy. I have also won best paper awards from LASA’s Political Institutions Section and Mexico Section. My research has been funded by the Social Science Research Council, Inter-American Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Fulbright, and Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

I have also conducted research on access-to-information institutions, indigenous politics, and clientelism. In addition, I am interested in diverse areas of political methodology, including experiments and other causal-inference strategies, field-based qualitative methods, surveys, and multi-method research design.

I can be contacted at brian.palmer.rubin@gmail.com.