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. I specialize in comparative political behavior with a regional focus in Latin America. My research interests include survey research, public opinion and voting behavior. Specifically, I study political campaigns, elections, public opinion formation and the development of partisan and ideological attachments, as well as the effect of vote-buying, corruption and clientelism on voting behavior. 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