Danilo Freire

Political Scientist · dfreire@lincoln.ac.uk

I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Lincoln. I hold a PhD in Political Economy from King's College London, a Master's Degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute Geneva, and I am a former postdoctoral research associate in The Political Theory Project at Brown University.

My research focuses on understanding how developing countries solve problems of collective action and political violence. I am particularly interested in public services provision, vertical and horizontal accountability, state violence, and private governance. Empirically, I have a regional focus on Latin America and leverage an array of methods and data, such as survey experiments, quasi-experiments, machine learning algorithms, online surveys, and administrative records. My work has been sponsored by Google, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Getulio Vargas Foundation, and the Brazilian Ministry of Education. I am also a member of EGAP. You may find more information about my recent projects below.

My CV is available here and I host my projects on GitHub. You can contact me via email at dfreire@lincoln.ac.uk.


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Freire, D., Mignozzetti, U., Roman, C, and Alptekin, H. The Effect of Legislature Size on Distributive Politics: A Meta-Analysis. Forthcoming, British Journal of Political Science, 2021.

Freire, D., Mignozzetti, U., and Skarbek, D. Institutional Design and Elite Support for Climate Policies. First view, Journal of Experimental Political Science, 2020, 1-13. Replication files.

Freire, D., Galdino, M., and Mignozzetti, U. Bottom-Up Accountability and Public Service Provision: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Brazil. Research & Politics, 2020, 1-8. Replication files.

McDonnell, R., Duarte, G., and Freire, D. congressbr: An R Package for Analysing Data from Brazil's Chamber of Deputies and Federal Senate. Latin American Research Review, 2019, 54(4), 958-969. Software repository.

Freire, D. Beasts of Prey or Rational Animals?: Private Governance in Brazil’s Jogo do Bicho. Latin American Perspectives. 2019, 46(4), 230-244. Media coverage: BBC Brazil.

Freire, D. Evaluating the Effect of Homicide Prevention Strategies in São Paulo, Brazil: A Synthetic Control Approach. Latin American Research Review, 2018, 53(2), 231-249. Replication files. Media coverage: Valor Econômico.

McDonnell, R. and Freire, D. prisonbrief: An R Package that Returns Tidy Data from the World Prison Brief Website. Journal of Open Source Software, 2018, 3(22), 361. Software repository.

Arbache, G., Freire, D., and Rodrigues, P. Lack of Preferences, Political Trust and Education Levels: Alternative Explanations for Invalid Votes in Brazilian Elections. Encuentro Latinoamericano, 2015, 1(1), 29–50. Replication files.

Freire, D. Between Ballot Boxes and Guns: The Competitiveness of the Executive Branch and Civil Wars, 1976-2000. Revista Española de Ciencia Política, 2014, 36, 33–60. Replication files.


França, G., Freire, D. and Mignozzetti, U. (editors). Natural Resources and Policy Choices in Latin America. São Paulo: Konrad Adenauer Foundation, 2020.

Other Publications

Freire, D. and Mignozzetti, U. Geopolitics of Renewable Energies in Latin America: A Survey. 2019. Policy Report commissioned by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

Skarbek, D. and Freire, D. Prison Gangs. In: Griffin, Hayden; Woodward, Vanessa (ed.). Handbook of Corrections in the United States. London: Routledge, 2017, 399–408.

Freire, D. Peering at Open Peer Review. The Political Methodologist, 2015, 23 (1), 6--11.

Freire, D. A Nova Gestão Pública e a Qualidade da Democracia [New Public Administration and the Quality of Democracy]. In: Erkens, Rainer (ed.). Nova Gestão Pública. São Paulo: Instituto Friedrich Naumann, 2010, 9–15.


    Freire, D., Mingardi, L. and McDonnell, R. pinochet: Data about the victims of the Pinochet regime, 1973-1990.

    McDonnell, R., Freire, D. and Duarte, G. congressbr: Downloads, unpacks and tidies Legislative data from the Brazilian Federal Senate and Chamber of Deputies.

    Freire, D. and McDonnell, R. prisonbrief: R package that returns tidy data from the World Prison Brief website.


Courses Taught

All my course materials are available online:

POLS 1824W: Political Violence (Undergraduate). Instructor. Brown University, Fall 2019. Student evaluation: 4.8/5

POLS 1600: Political Research Methods (Undergraduate). Instructor. Brown University, Winter 2019. Student evaluation: 4.5/5.

Economia Política e Instituições (Political Economy and Institutions) (Graduate). Instructor. Centro de Estudios Superiores Online de Madrid Manuel Ayau (Madrid) and Universidad Francisco Marroquín (Ciudad de Guatemala), 2017. Student evaluation: 5/5.

Principles of Macroeconomics (Undergraduate). Seminar leader, King's College London, Fall 2017. Module convener: Konstantinos Matakos.

Principles of Microeconomics (Undergraduate). Seminar leader, King's College London, Winter 2017. Module convener: David Skarbek.

Suggested Courses

Machine Learning for Political Science (Advanced Undergraduate/Graduate).

Latin American Politics (Undergraduate/Graduate).

Introduction to Comparative Politics (Undergraduate/Graduate).