Dr Cassilde Schwartz

Personal profile

I earned my PhD in Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh in 2016, and I am currently a Lecturer in Quantitative Methods at Royal Holloway University of London. Prior to that, I was a post-doctoral researcher at University College London. I have been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Comparative Political Studies, the British Journal of Political Science, and International Studies Quarterly. My research has been funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy, the CAF Development Bank of Latin America, and the U.K. Department for International Development.
My areas of expertise are Political Behavior, Comparative Politics (Latin America and the Caribbean), and Quantitative/Experimental Methods. My long-term research agenda attempts to understand the political psychology of noncompliance, or the reasons why citizens in developing countries take political and economic decisions into their own hands and circumvent formal institutions. My substantive interests span a wide range of topics in comparative political behavior -- including migration, tax compliance, and non-electoral political behavior -- with much of this work challenging the notion that individuals obey the rules and expectations that political actors put in place for them. This agenda is especially important to understand political behavior in a comparative sense, as many political contexts render formal institutions superfluous. I am also interested in political methodology, particularly experimental and quasi-experimental methods. As such, my work is based on rigorous, tailor-made research designs that combine experimental, statistical, and computational methods.

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