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 methodology, public opinion, and voting behavior. Specifically, I study political campaigns, public opinion formation, and political predispositions, as well as the effect of corruption and clientelism on voting behavior. My dissertation studies under what conditions political 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