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Dr Gabriel Katz

PhD (Caltech), MSc (Caltech), Licenciatura in Economics (Universidad de la Republica)

Associate Professor

Amory A228

I earned my Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in June 2010. I also hold an MSc. from Caltech and a Licenciatura in Economics from the Universidad de la Republica, in Uruguay.

I was appointed Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Politics at Exeter in 2012,  Senior Lecturer in 2015, and Associate Professor (Reader) in 2019. I am also Professor of Social Sciences at the Universidad Catolica del Uruguay.

Besides my academic work, I am a statistical consultant for fhi360, an international non-profit human development organization, and a research associate for INGOs working on human trafficking in the UK and the developing world.

My work focuses on Latin American Politics, Political Behavior, Political Economy and Research Methods.

Research interests

My research uses advanced quantitative methods - mainly Bayesian statistics, but also causal inference and experimental techniques - to address substantive questions in comparative politics, political behaviour and political economy.

My work has been published in leading economics and political science journals, such as the American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, the Economic Journal, and the Journal of Law, Economics & Organization, among other outlets.

Research Projects:

  • European Research Council: "CIVILSPACE, The Shrinking Space for Civil Society in Europe", 2022-2027 (Senior Collaborator)
  • Uruguayan National Research and Development Agency: "Political Economy of Development", 2019 (PI)
  • British Academy: “Using Machine Learning Methods to Correct for Survey Misreports in Cross-National Surveys”, 2016-2017 (PI).
  • ESRC: “Measuring Information Exposure in Dynamic and Dependent Networks (ExpoNet)”, 2015-2018 (Co-I).
  • ESRC: “Media in Context and The 2015 General Election: How Traditional and Social Media Shape Elections and Governing”, 2015-2017 (Co-I).
  • British Academy: “Public Service Corporations: estimating the link between public scrutiny and share prices”, 2015-2016 (Co-PI).
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Project Development Fund, University of Exeter: “The promise of non-probability samples: improving measurement and inference in cross-national survey research”, 2014-2015 (PI).
  • Marie Curie Training Network, European Commission: "VOTEADVICE", 2014-2018 (Co-I).


Research supervision

 I would be happy to supervise students working on Latin American Politics, Political Behaviour, Political Economy and Political Methodology.

Previous PhD Students (at University of Exeter):

  • Dr Adrian Millican, currently Assistant Professor in Comparative Quantitative Politics, University of Durham, UK.
  • Dr Claudia Zucca, currently Assistant Professor, University of Tilburg, the Netherlands.

Current PhD Students:

  • Mariam Cook (ESRC-funded): "How can advanced quantitative methods support democratic innovation and decision-making?"

·     Cristina Montero (ESRC-funded): "Impacts of corporate agri-business on Bolivia’s Indigenous Peoples: a case study of soya bean value chains in the region of Santa Cruz".

        ·    Thiago Cortez Costa: “Constraints to the political participation of men and women: survey                 evidence from Brazil”

Other information

Professor of Social Sciences, Universidad Catolica del Uruguay

Exeter's Institutional Lead, South West Doctoral Training Partnership, ESRC

Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes, Exeter Politics

Associate Staff Member, Q-Step Centre, Exeter.

Research Affiliate, Finance and Economics Experimental Laboratory at Exeter (FEELE), Business School, University of Exeter.

Research Associate, Research Methods Centre, Business School, University of Exeter

Research Affiliate, Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project.




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