I am an Associate Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Catalunya).
I do research in comparative politics, comparative political economy, and authoritarian politics. In particular, I have an interest in authoritarian regimes survival and their institutions, how international pressure - such as foreign aid, economic sanctions, human rights prosecutions and military interventions - influences domestic politics in autocratic contexts, democratization, repression, and transitional justice.
My research has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, International Organization, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, International Studies Quarterly, Democratization, Conflict Management and Peace Science, International Political Science Review, European Journal of Political Research, among others. I'm also the co-author of a book, Foreign Pressure and the Politics of Autocratic Survival, published with Oxford University Press (2015), which won the 2017 Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research. My second book (co-authored with Covadonga Meseguer and Joseph Wright), Migration and Democracy: How Remittances Undermine Dictatorships has been published with Princeton University Press (2022).