Catarina Roman

Political Scientist

I am a PhD student in Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. I hold a BA in social sciences from the University of São Paulo, in Brazil. My research interests are mainly comparative politics and political economy. I am eager to study how to increase the efficiency of democratic institutions and solve collective action problems, especially in the Latin American context.
Here you will find my latest academic works as well as my future research projects. Hopefully, you may get to know who I am, what I do, and what I am passionate about. Welcome to my page!


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Working Papers

Alptekin, H., Freire, D., Mignozzetti, U., Roman, C. The Effect of Legislature Size on Public Spending: A Meta-Analysis. Revise and Resubmit at the British Journal of Political Science.

Roman, C. Legislative Outcomes and Malapportionment: Evidence from Latin America. Working Paper and Writing Sample


Las Américas Data Repository

This is a GitHub repository organized by myself and other research assistants containing the databases, codebooks and other information on the Brazilian branch of the Las Américas project. In Brazil, Las Americas researchers receive funding from The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and they are hosted by the Brazilian Center of Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP). The principal investigator in this effort is Maria Hermínia Tavares de Almeida, along with Janina Onuki and Leandro Piquet Carneiro. Associated Researchers include Feliciano de Sá Guimarães, Flávio Leão Pinheiro, Ivan Fernandes, and Umberto Mignozzetti. Please refer to the repository for more information.

Natural Resources and Policy Choices in Latin America

Natural Resources and Policy Choices in Latin America is the product of a collaboration between Konrad Adenauer Foundation, and the editors Giovanna França, Dr Danilo Freire, and Prof Umberto Mignozzetti. In this project, I was a research assistant and took active part in all steps of the writing and editing process. Below, you will find a .pdf copy of the book. I hope you enjoy the reading!

RMarkdown + git Crash Course

This is a mini-course I offered as a part of the training fellowship promoted by the Brazil, the Americas, and the World research group, funded by The São Paulo Research Foundation. Below are the two 1-hour sessions offered in Portuguese, on February 15th and 22nd, 2021.

teach_quant_polisci Repository

This is a GitHub repository for teaching purposes. It compiles political science and economics academic papers that use quantitative methods to investigate discrimination. When the replication materials were easily available, the access link is attached.