Miguel Carreras


Associate Professor

2232 Watkins Hall
(951) 827-5601
e-mail: miguel.carreras@ucr.edu

Miguel Carreras received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in 2014. He also holds a BA in History and a BA in Political Science from the Sorbonne University and an MA in International Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva). Dr. Carreras has broad research interests in comparative political behavior and elections. His previous work investigated the institutional determinants of the emergence of outsider candidates in presidential elections in Latin America, and also analyzed the deleterious impact of outsider presidents on institutional performance and democratic governability in that region. His current work analyzes how the political environment shapes citizens’ attitudes and political behavior. In particular, his research investigates the institutional and contextual factors that have an impact on different forms of political participation. Some of his recent publications analyze the impact of electoral rules, the economic environment, and the visibility of female candidates on citizen’s political engagement. His previous research has been published in the British Journal of Political ScienceComparative Political StudiesPolitical Research Quarterly, the European Journal of Political ResearchPolitical BehaviorElectoral Studies, and many other journals.

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