Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Staff Profile

Dr Rosario Aguilar

Senior Lecturer: Comparative Politics


I am a Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics focused on comparative political behaviour, survey, and experimental research. I am also the Politics Postgraduate Research co-Director (with Dr. Nick Randall).

I have been involved in large survey projects like the Mexican National Elections Study that is part of the Comparative Studies of Electoral Systems. I am a member of the Revista Latinoamericana de Opinión Pública's editorial board. I have served as  Associate Editor of the Journal of Experimental Political Science and Research and Politics. I am a member of the Evidence and Governance in Politics network (EGAP) 

I am interested in supervising postgraduate research students in the area of political psychology focused on electoral behaviour, campaign communication, electoral polls, emotions, prejudice. 


PhD University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Previous Appointments

Associate professor, Political Science, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) (1/12/2016 -31/7/2019)

Visiting Scholar, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (01/03/2017-31/12/2018)

Visiting Scholar, Central European University (CEU) (01/01/2018-31/12/2018)

Research in Excellence Fellow, Central European University (CEU) (24/01/2017-31/07/2017)

Assistant professor, Political Science, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) (1/7/2010 - 31/12/2017)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for US-Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego (01/09/2009-30/06/2010)


My research looks at the interaction of prejudice and context on people’s political behaviour. For example, using experimental methods I have looked at the influence of candidates and voters' racial appearance (phenotypes) as well as gender on voters' preferences in Brazil, Mexico, and the U.S.A. I have also looked at the effect of party labels in Mexico and Uganda. I have analyzed the role of emotions as moderators of political judgment in Hungary.

I am also working in  projects related to survey and experimental methods. I am interested in investigated the factors that affect the level of accuracy in pre-electoral polls across different contexts. Currently I am developing a project on motivated reasoning in the UK with Dr Michael Traugott


I also enjoy teaching. I have previously taught different courses: 1) Introduction to Comparative Politics; 2) Psychological Processes of Racial Prejudice in the U.S.A.; 3) Construction of Mexico's National Identity and Racial Ideology; 4) Public Opinion and Political Behavior; and 5) Political Psychology and Experimental Methods.

Newcastle University

POL3124 : Mexican Politics: Authoritarianism & Democracy