Rodrigo Castro Cornejo
Kellogg PhD Fellow
I am a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and a Garza PhD fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. My area of specialization is Comparative Politics and Latin American Politics. My research is focused on political behavior. My research interests include survey research, public opinion and voting behavior; specifically, how ideology affects voting behavior and the effects of campaigns, the media, and clientelism on voters' preferences. I am also interested in conservative political parties and religion and politics; specifically, under what conditions religious and moral values structure party competition.
To conduct my research, I have received funding from the Notre Dame's Environmental Change Initiative, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Kellogg Institute's Varieties of Democracy project, the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, the Downes J. Memorial Fund and the Notebaert Professional Development Fund of the Graduate School at the University of Notre Dame, and more recently, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, I earned my BA in Political Science at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City in 2007. After that, I worked as a research assistant at the Inter-American Development Bank (2006-2007) and as associate director of electoral studies at BGC Ulises Beltrán y Asocs, leading survey research firm in Mexico (2007-2010).