Since 2020 Victor has been a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Political Science (IPZ) at the University of Zurich (UZH), where he works with Prof. Katherina Michaelowa in the research group for political economy and development.
Broadly, his work lies at the intersection between political economy, public policy, and political behavior. More specifically, Victor’s research draws on applications of data science and (quasi) experiments to explore how development policies (e.g., cash transfers, guaranteed income programs, and infrastructure projects) can shape political attitudes, voter behavior, and support for democracy. Some of the questions he tackles in his work include: Do voters reward political parties for the implementation of cash transfers? Does receiving a guaranteed income encourage citizens to turn out to vote? Under what conditions do large-scale infrastructure projects produce long-term electoral effects? Victor’s research agenda encompasses these and other questions with a regional focus on Latin America, mainly Brazil.
Overall, Victor’s work is driven by his interest in promoting social impact. His studies have been published or forthcoming in Comparative Political Studies, British Journal of Political Science, Research & Politics, Latin American Research Review, and Brazilian Political Science Review. In 2019, Victor completed a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Sāo Paulo (USP). This degree, funded by the Research Fund of the State of São Paulo (FAPESP), was awarded the national prize for the best dissertation in International Relations and Political Science by the Ministry of Education (CAPES) and received an honorable mention for the prize for the best dissertation by the Brazilian National Association of the Social Sciences (ANPOCS). Victor is currently a candidate for a second Ph.D. at the UZH.