Rodrigo Castro Cornejo


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Rodrigo Castro Cornejo, a recipient of a Mellon summer stipend, is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and a Garza Ph.D. Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. His area of specialization is Comparative Politics and Latin American Politics and his research is focused on political behavior . 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. Rodrigo is also interested in conservative political parties and religion and politics; specifically, under what conditions religious and moral values structure party competition.

To conduct his research, Rodrigo has received additional 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.

Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Rodrigo earned his B.A. in Political Science at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City in 2007. After that, he 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, a leading survey research firm in Mexico (2007-2010).