Brian Palmer-Rubin, Ph.D.

Brian Palmer-Rubin
Brian Palmer-Rubin, Ph.D.Marquette University

Wehr Physics Hall, 412

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
Curriculum Vitae

Assistant Professor and International Affairs Program Director

Political Science

Brian Palmer-Rubin is Assistant Professor of Political Science. He completed a Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley and an M.A. in Latin American Studies at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Before beginning at Marquette he was Democracy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. He studies interest representation, political economy of development, and access-to-information institutions, with a central focus on Mexico. His book project, Organizing for Representation: Policy and Patronage in Mexico, examines the participation of small-business and peasant organizations in development policy and was awarded the 2016 Harold D. Lasswell Award from the American Political Science Association for best dissertation in public policy. Other research has been published or is forthcoming in Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Politics, Studies in Comparative International Development, World Development, and Gestión y Política Pública.


PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2015

Courses Taught

POSC 2401 Comparative Politics | Syllabus

POSC 3101 Writing and Argumentation in Political Science: The Politics of Food | Syllabus

POSC 4661 Political Economy of Development | Syllabus

POSC 6101 Contemporary Political Research | Syllabus



  • Evading the Patronage Trap: Interest Representation in Mexico, University of Michigan Press, August 2022. 


  • "Work and Demand Making: Productionist and Consumptionist Politics in Latin America" (with Ruth Berins Collier). Forthcoming, Comparative Political Studies.
  • “Measuring Human Rights Abuse from Access to Information Requests (with Sarah Ellington, Benjamin Bagozzi, Daniel Berliner, and Aaron Erlich). Forthcoming, Journal of Conflict Resolution.
  • “Multitarget Prediction for Political Text-as-Data” (with Benjamin Bagozzi, Daniel Berliner, Stefano Dantas, and Aaron Erlich). Forthcoming, Political Analysis.
  • “Media Attention and Bureaucratic Responsiveness” (with Benjamin Bagozzi, Daniel Berliner, and Aaron Erlich). Forthcoming, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.
  • “The Political Logic of Government Disclosure: Evidence from Information Requests in Mexico” (with Daniel Berliner, Benjamin Bagozzi, and Aaron Erlich). Journal of Politics 83.1, 2021.
  • “Incentives for Organizational Participation: A Recruitment Experiment in Mexico” (with Candelaria Garay and Mathias Poertner). Comparative Political Studies 54.1: 110-143, 2021
  • “Organizational and Partisan Brokerage of Social Benefits: Evidence from Social Policy Linkages in Mexico” (with Candelaria Garay and Mathias Poertner). World Development 136, 2020.
  • “Evading the Patronage Trap: Organizational Capacity and Demand-Making in Mexico.” Comparative Political Studies 52.13-14: 2097-2134, 2019. 
  • “What Information Do Citizens Want? Evidence from One Million Public Information Requests in Mexico” (with Daniel Berliner and Benjamin Bagozzi). World Development 109: 222-35, 2018
  • “Gerrymandering Opposition: Minority-Concentrated Districts and Electoral Competition in Mexico” (with Anne Meng). Studies in Comparative International Development 52.1: 64-86, 2017.
  • “Interest Organizations and Distributive Politics: Small-Business Subsidies in Mexico.” World Development 84: 97-117, 2016.
  • “Beyond the Machine: Clientelist Brokers and Interest Organizations in Latin America” (with Alisha Holland). Comparative Political Studies 48.9: 1186-1223, 2015.
  • “Delivering Transparency: To What Degree Does the Mexican Government Respond to Public Information Requests?” (with Jonathan Fox and Libby Haight). Gestión y Política Pública 20.1: 3-61, 2011.

Book Chapters

  • “After Corporatism: Party Linkages with Popular-Sector Organizations in Neoliberal Latin America.” In Diana Kapiszewski, Steven Levitsky, and Deborah Yashar (eds.) The Inclusionary Turn in Contemporary Latin America. Forthcoming, Cambridge Univ. Press. 

  • “Clientelism, Declared Support, and Mexico’s 2012 Campaign” (with Simeon Nichter). In Jorge I. Domínguez, Kenneth G. Greene, Chappell Lawson, and Alejandro Moreno (eds.) Mexico’s Evolving Democracy: A Comparative Study of the 2012 Elections. Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, pp. 200-226, 2015.

Honors and Awards

  • Harold D. Lasswell Award, for best dissertation in public policy, APSA, 2016
  • Best Social Sciences Essay Award, Mexico Section, LASA, 2016
  • Best Paper Award, Latin American Political Institutions Section, LASA, 2013


  • Center for Peacemaking Rynne Research Fellowship, Marquette University, 2020

  • Center for Transnational Justice Course Development Grant, Marquette University, 2020 

  • Summer Faculty Fellowship, Marquette University, 2019
  • Regular Research Grant, Marquette University, 2019

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