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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

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 4661 Political Economy of Development | Syllabus

POSC 6101 Contemporary Political Research 



  • “Incentives for Organizational Participation: A Recruitment Experiment in Mexico” (with Candelaria Garay and Mathias Poertner). Forthcoming, Comparative Political Studies. 

  • “The Political Logic of Government Disclosure: Evidence from Information Requests in Mexico” (with Daniel Berliner, Benjamin Bagozzi, and Aaron Erlich). Forthcoming, Journal of Politics.  
  • “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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