Alicia Dailey Cooperman
Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science
Comparative Politics and Methodology
Columbia University




My research studies the political economy of development, distributive politics, environmental politics and policymaking, and statistical methods, with a regional focus in Latin America. My broader research agenda focuses on politics of natural disasters, natural resource management, and climate adaptation.

I believe that public policies for sustainable development must incorporate the social, political, and natural systems of the local context. I focus on the ways that local politics interacts with collective action and civil society to affect sustainable development. My findings help policymakers to improve water access, manage common resources, and improve drought resilience.

I have conducted extensive applied research in Brazil using field experiments, survey experiments, original household surveys, analysis of big data, and qualitative methods. My methods training includes field experiments and randomization inference, multilevel models, regression discontinuity, limited dependent variable and panel data, and ArcGIS.

Ph.D expected in May 2019. I received a Masters in International Affairs (MIA) in 2013 from UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy & Strategy (formerly IR/PS). I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford in 2008 with a B.A. in Human Biology.