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 political and economic development, with emphasis on topics related to political behavior, crime, and conflict. I have two main lines of ongoing research. The first one aims at understanding how exposure to violence affects individual behavior and the development of institutions. My second line of research examines the political economy of organized crime, with a focus on drug trafficking organizations.

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