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Guillermo Toral

Assistant Professor

Guillermo Toral is Assistant Professor of Political Science. He works in the fields of comparative politics and political economy, with a regional focus on Latin America and a substantive focus on issues of development, governance, and corruption. His research agenda centers on relationships among state actors (politicians, bureaucrats, and anti-corruption agents) and how they shape public service delivery and human development. He is writing a book on The political logics of patronage, distinguishing the strategic uses that local politicians in Brazil make of public employment and how those uses impact government accountability and the quality of public services.

He earned his PhD in Political Science from MIT in 2020. Prior to joining MIT, he spent several years working on education policy and human development programs at the World Bank in Washington DC and across Latin America. 

Representative publications

  • Boas, Taylor, F. Daniel Hidalgo, and Guillermo Toral. "Competence versus Priorities: Negative Electoral Responses to Education Quality in Brazil.” The Journal of Politics, forthcoming. 
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