Luiz Vilaça is a PhD student in Sociology at the University of Notre Dame and a Kellogg PhD Fellow. His research cuts across organizational, political, and cultural sociology. His work focuses on anti-corruption reform, institutional change, and the effects of corruption investigations on public opinion and voting behavior. In particular, he examines how anti-corruption institutions shield external threats by using outreach strategies that increase the visibility of corruption investigations. He also analyzes the conditions under which investigations affect trust in political institutions and increase the chances that populist candidates are elected. His research combines an in-depth case study of the “Car Wash” Operation in Brazil with comparative historical analyses of anti-corruption institutions in multiple countries, including Italy, Mexico, and Indonesia.
Democratization Theory Research Cluster Workshop
Update: Former Visiting Fellow Maria Paula Bertran
Nov 23, 2021
Former Visiting Fellow Maria Paula Bertran, who was the Brazilian Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Democracy and Human Development at the Kellogg Institute in 2018, recently had an article published in the Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance.