F. Daniel Hidalgo

Associate Professor of Political Science

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

I'm an Associate Professor of Political Science at MIT . My research focuses on understanding how democracies in low and middle income societies work. My work has focused the role of horizontal and electoral accountability in promoting good governance, money in politics, and the ways political institutions shape electoral outcomes. Most of my work has drawn on data from Latin America, especially Brazil. At MIT, I teach courses on statistics for the social sciences, elections and representation in the developing world, and Latin American politics.


  • Elections, Representation, and Political Accountability
  • Latin American Politics
  • Political Methodology


  • PhD in Political Science, 2012

    University of California at Berkeley

  • BA in Politics, 2002

    Princeton University