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Brian Palmer-Rubin

Ph.D. candidate in political science, UC Berkeley

Residency: September 2014 – June 2015

Research Project: Mobilizing for Access: Interest Organizations and Development Policy in Mexico

Research Interests: distributive politics, ethnic politics, interest representation, multi-method research design, political economy of development

Public Talk: “Mobilizing for Access: Interest Organizations and Development Policy in Mexico” on April 9, 2015


Brian Palmer-Rubin is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at UC Berkeley with a master's degree in Latin American studies from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. His current research examines the participation of small-business and peasant organizations in development policy in Mexico.

More broadly, he studies political economy, interest representation and ethnic politics in Latin America, combining field-based qualitative methods and the statistics of causal inference. He has published work in Gestion y Politica Publica and in the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ series Mexican Rural Development Research Reports, and has a chapter forthcoming in “Mexico's Evolving Democracy: A Comparative Study of the 2012 Elections.”