I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and a Garza PhD Fellow of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. My research interests include survey/experimental methods, public opinion formation, and voting behavior. Specifically, I study campaigns and elections. My dissertation studies how and when campaigns influence electoral behavior. Specifically, I seek to understand why campaigns seem to matter in some party systems but not in others.
Prior to coming to Notre Dame, I earned my BA in Political Science at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City in 2007. After that, I worked as a research analyst at the Inter-American Development Bank (2006-2007) and as associate director of electoral studies at BGC Ulises Beltrán y Asocs., leading survey research firm in Mexico (2007-2010).
217 O’Shaughnessy Hall
Department of Political Science
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556
email: rcastroc [at] nd [dot] edu