Daniel Gingerich

Daniel GingerichDaniel W. Gingerich is Associate Professor of Politics specializing in comparative politics and Director of UVa’s Quantitative Collaborative. He also co-directs UVa-Clear (Corruption Laboratory for Ethics, Accountability, and the Rule of Law). Gingerich’s research focuses on understanding the causes and consequences of corruption and clientelism in Latin America as well as developing new methodologies to study these phenomena.  He has published articles in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, Political Analysis, Comparative Political Studies, the Quarterly Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, Economics and Politics, and the Journal of Theoretical Politics. He is the author of Political Institutions and Party-Directed Corruption in South America: Stealing for the Team (Cambridge University Press, series: Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions). This book was selected as runner-up for the 2014 William H. Riker Book Award by the Political Economy Section of the American Political Science Association, awarded to “the best book on political economy published during the past three calendar years.” Gingerich is also the sole principal investigator on a large scale, NSF funded project entitled “Can Institutions Cure Clientelism? Assessing the Impact of the Australian Ballot in Brazil.” (SES-1119908). This project provides a rigorous examination of how the transition from the nominal to effective secret vote shapes the nature of political representation by focusing on the historical experience of Brazil before and after the Australian Ballot (AB) was introduced in this county. Prior to coming to Virginia, Gingerich held a fellowship at Princeton’s Center for the Study of Democratic Politics.  During the 2012-2013 academic year, he was a Visiting Scholar in the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC.


Political Institutions and Party-Directed Corruption in South America: Stealing for the Team. 2013 (Cambridge University Press: Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions).

Peer-reviewed journal articles

  • Vote Secrecy with Diverse Voters (co-authored w/ Danilo Medeiros). Forthcoming in Comparative Political Studies.
  • Ballot Reform as Suffrage Restriction: Evidence from Brazil’s Second Republic. Forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science.
  • Lying About Corruption in Surveys: Evidence from a Joint Response Model (co-authored w/ Virginia Oliveros). Forthcoming in the International Journal of Public Opinion Research.
  • Police Violence and the Underreporting of Crime (co-authored w/ Virginia Oliveros). 2018. Economics and Politics 30 (1): 78-105.
  • Corruption as a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Evidence from a Survey Experiment in
    Costa Rica. (co-authored with Ana Corbacho, Virginia Oliveros, and Mauricio
    Ruiz-Vega). 2016. American Journal of Political Science 60 (4): 1077-1092.
  • When to Protect? Using the Crosswise Model to Integrate Protected and Direct
    Responses in Surveys of Sensitive Behavior (co-authored with Virginia Oliveros,
    Ana Corbacho, and Mauricio Ruiz-Vega). 2016. Political Analysis 24 (2): 132-156 (lead
  • Brokered Politics in Brazil: An Empirical Analysis. 2014. Quarterly Journal of
    Political Science 9 (3): 269-300 (lead article).
  • Yesterday's Heroes, Today's Villains: Ideology, Corruption, and Democratic
    Performance. 2014. Journal of Theoretical Politics 26 (2): 249-282.
  • The Endurance and Eclipse of the Controlled Vote: A Formal Model of Vote
    Brokerage under the Secret Ballot (co-authored with Luis F. Medina) 2013.
    Economics and Politics 25 (3): 453-480.
  • Governance Indicators and the Level of Analysis Problem: Empirical Findings
    from South America. 2013. British Journal of Political Science 43 (3): 505-540.
  • Understanding Off-the-Books Politics: Conducting Inference on the Determinants
    of Sensitive Behavior with Randomized Response Surveys. 2010. Political
    Analysis 18: 349-380. (one of the journal’s six highly cited articles for publication year; see http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/polana/impactfactor.html
  • Corruption and Political Decay: Evidence from Bolivia. 2009. Quarterly Journal
    of Political Science 4 (1): 1-34 (lead article).
  • Ballot Structure, Political Corruption, and the Performance of Proportional
    Representation. 2009. Journal of Theoretical Politics 21 (4): 509-541. Reprinted
    in Michael Johnston, ed. Public Sector Corruption (Sage, 2010).
  • Varieties of Capitalism and Institutional Complementarities in the
    Macroeconomy: An Empirical Assessment. (co-authored with Peter Hall) 2009. British Journal of Political Science 39: 449-482 (lead article). Reprinted in Bob
    Hanké, ed. Debating Varieties of Capitalism: A Reader (Oxford University Press,

Chapters in edited volumes/non-peer reviewed articles

"Randomized Response: Foundations and New Developments." 2015. Comparative Politics Newsletter (The Organized Section in Comparative Politics of the American Political Science Association) 25 (1): 16-27.

“Bolivia: Traditional Parties, the State, and the Toll of Corruption.” 2010. In Charles Blake and Steven Morris, eds., Corruption and Politics in Latin America: National and Regional Dynamics. Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 55-88.

Working Papers

A Heavy Hand or a Helping Hand? Information Provision and Citizen Preferences for Anti-Crime Policy in Panama (w/ Carlos Scartascini)

Associate Professor

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T 10–11 or by appointment

Ph.D, Government, Harvard University