Welcome to my personal website. I am a professor of political sociology and international studies at the University of Mississippi. My research has a country focus on Bolivia, but a thematic interest on elections and parties, and their relationship to democracy and democratic institutions, comparatively. I have published in numerous journals, including Political Analysis, Latin American Research Review, Latin American Perspectives, and Electoral Studies. A secondary research interest is on social science pedagogy, with several articles in PS: Political Science & Politics.
At the Croft Institute for International Studies at the University of Mississippi, I teach research methods and Latin American studies, as well as seminars on populism in Latin America, electoral systems and party systems in new democracies, and modern Iberian politics.
Together with my wife, Katherine McGurn Centellas, I run a social science field school in Bolivia. The interdisciplinary research methods training program is hosted by the Universidad Católica de Bolivia (UCB) in La Paz in partnership with the University of Mississippi. This June 2017 we are taking our fourth cohort.