About Me


Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Davis. Previously, I was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Global Development. I hold a Ph.D. in Politics from New York University.

My research focuses broadly on the political economy of conflict and development, with an emphasis on both criminal and political violence. Two key questions motivate my research: How does violence influence individual behavior and institutional development? And how do institutions in turn affect patterns of violent conflict? My regional expertise is in Latin America, but I have a wide interest in the study of violence in the developing world.

From a methodological perspective, my interests are in quantitative approaches to causal inference—including both experimental and quasi-experimental designs—and survey methodology.

My work has been published or is forthcoming in the American Political Science ReviewElectoral Studies, and the Journal of the European Economic Association. You can find my Google Scholar profile here.

I can be reached at ogarciaponce[at]ucdavis.edu