I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Columbia University studying Comparative Politics and Methodology.

My main interests are political economy of development, environmental politics, and statistical methods, focused in Latin America.


I am interested in public goods provision and how different factors affect access to public goods (collective action, local governance and accountability, vote-buying, political connections). My dissertation and other projects are focused on the politics of water access, natural disasters, clientelism, grassroots organizations, local governance, and public goods in Brazil.

My methods training includes field experiments and randomization inference, multilevel models, regression discontinuity, limited dependent variable and panel data, and ArcGIS.

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.

Contact: alicia.cooperman@columbia.edu