I am a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I study comparative political behavior using survey and experimental methods as well as ethnographic techniques.
My dissertation explores why and when citizens decide to exit a clientelistic political system. More generally, I explore how programmatic alternatives to informal intermediation and partisan brokerage may (or may not) reduce citizen dependency on clientelistic access to the state, improve mechanisms of accountability and ultimately, increase citizens’ political engagement.
My broader research agenda seeks to understand the role that informal actors between citizen and state play in shaping individuals’ attitudes and political engagement during elections and in the electoral off-cycle.
I’m also interested in individual political attitudes and behavior in other contexts such as local bureaucracies, elections and electoral administration, and immigration.
Feel free to contact me at: trizzo [at] mit.edu