Dr Cassilde Schwartz

Personal profile

I earned my PhD in Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh in 2016, and I am currently a Senior 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, International Studies Quarterly, and International Interactions. My research has been funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Leverhulme Trust/British Academy, the CAF Development Bank of Latin America, the U.K. Department for International Development, and the ESRC. 

I specialize in politics of developing countries (especially Latin America and the Caribbean, but with recent work in West Africa), and my work falls within the nexus between political economy and political behavior. While my doctoral work was largely based on traditional political behavior (protests and public opinion), my research interests have gradually shifted towards individuals' responses to public policies with a particular interest in migration and tax policies. I am interested in how individuals respond to policy incentives in non-mechanical and often counterproductive ways. Individuals often resent, shirk, and even take advantage of public policies, and my research seeks to bring these reactions to light and to better understand them.

I am currently the Principle Investigator on an ESRC Research Methods Development Grant, entitled "The diffision of development: Extending RCTs with agent-based modelling to understand spillovers of development intervensions." Thich is a collaborative project with Miranda Simon (University of Essex), David Hudson (University of Birmingham), and Denise Brennan (International Organisation for Migration). More information on the project can be found here: https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=ES%2FV006592%2F1 

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