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Rodrigo Castro Cornejo

Professional Title: 

Lecturer of Political Science


Thompson 532



I am an Visiting Scholar in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Profesor-Investigador Titular (on leave) at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE)) in Mexico City. I also serve as the co-principal investigator of the Mexican Election Study (Estudio Nacional Electoral de México), which is part of the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES). Previously, I was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia. I received my PhD in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame where I was also a Garza PhD Fellow of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.

My research interests include survey research methodology, public opinion formation, and political behavior. My main line of research sheds light on the influence of political campaigns on voting behavior. I study the influence of  partisanship and motivated reasoning on voters' electoral behavior. I also participate in collaborative research projects aiming to understanding why voters support corrupt politicians in Latin America, voters' populist attitudes in Latin America, and vote-buying/clientelism in Mexico.

My work has been published in Public Opinion QuarterlyPerspectives on Politics, Political BehaviorPolitical Research QuarterlyElectoral StudiesInternational Journal of Public Opinion Research, Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and PartiesLatin American Research Review, Revista Latinoamericana de Opinión PúblicaPolítica y Gobierno, among other journals.

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