I am a Ramon y Cajal Fellow (Assistant Professor) at the Institut de Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals and a Research Associate at the Institute of Political Economy and Governance. Previously, I was a post-doctoral researcher at the Spanish High Research Council and at Stanford University, and have been the recipient of a Marie Curie Career Integration Grant. I defended my doctoral dissertation in Political Science at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.
I have an ongoing interest in the political representation of the poor. My book "Unequal Participation Worldwide" analyzed inequalities in voter turnout in a comparative perspective and argued that such gaps can be reduced through institutional reforms. An ongoing project examines if the interests of the poor are better represented by politicians of a similar socio-economic background with detailed data about Spanish municipalities. In another project I analyze what are the likely political consequences of one of the main drivers of increasing income inequality, namely skill-biased technological change.
I also conduct research at the intersection of psychology and political economy on topics such as corruption, the morality of politicians, personality and political behavior, or the origins of ethnic identities.