Danilo Freire

Political Scientist · dfreire@lincoln.ac.uk

Greetings! My name is Danilo Freire and I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Lincoln. My academic credentials include a PhD in Political Economy from King's College London, an MA in International Relations from the Graduate Institute Geneva, alongside an MA in Political Science from the University of São Paulo. Prior to my current role, I served as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in The Political Theory Project at Brown University.

My scholarship addresses the challenges developing countries face in resolving collective action problems and eliminating political violence. Key themes that underpin my work include public service delivery, vertical and horizontal accountability, private governance, and state violence. Latin America is my principal region of focus, wherein I employ a range of methodological approaches and data sources, including survey and field experiments, machine learning algorithms, and administrative records.

My work has been featured in the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Experimental Political Science, Latin American Research Review, Research & Politics, among others. I am also an active member of EGAP. To explore my recent projects, please follow this link.

You may access my full CV here, and my projects are available on GitHub. For any questions, inquiries, or potential collaborations, feel free to contact me at dfreire@lincoln.ac.uk or danilofreire@gmail.com. I look forward to connecting with you.


CV

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Research

Publications

Freire, D. and Skarbek, D. Vigilantism and Institutions: Attitudes toward Lynching in Brazil. Research & Politics, 2023, 10(1), 1-8. Replication files.

Mignozzetti, U., Cepaluni, G. and Freire, D. Legislature Size and Welfare: Evidence from Brazil. Forthcoming, American Journal of Political Science, 2022. Replication files.

Freire, D., Mignozzetti, U., Roman, C. and Alptekin, H. The Effect of Legislature Size on Distributive Politics: A Meta-Analysis. First view, British Journal of Political Science, 2022. Replication files.

Freire, D., Mignozzetti, U. and Skarbek, D. Institutional Design and Elite Support for Climate Policies. First view, Journal of Experimental Political Science, Summer 2021, 172-184. 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, 7(2), 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.



Working Papers

Freire, D. and Mignozzetti, U. Financial Incentives and Health Care Provision: Evidence from an Experimental Aedes aegypti Control Programme in Brazil. Revise and resubmit, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Breznau, N., Rinke, E., Wuttke, A., Nguyen, H., Freire, D. et al. How Many Replicators Does It Take to Achieve Reliability? Investigating Researcher Variability in a Crowdsourced Replication. Revise and resubmit, Sociological Methods and Research.

Freire, D., Mignozzetti, U. and Roman, C. Legislative Outcomes and Malapportionment: Evidence from Latin America.

Freire, D. Democratising Policy Analytics with AutoML.

Freire, D. and Uzonyi, G. What Drives State-Sponsored Violence? Evidence from Extreme Bounds Analysis and Ensemble Learning Methods.

Book

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.

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.


Software

pinochet

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

congressbr

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

prisonbrief

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


Teaching

Courses Taught

Lecturer and Seminar Leader (jointly with A. Ellis and E. Gaschino), Policing Crime and Deviance (Undergraduate). University of Lincoln, 2021-present. Student evaluations.

Lecturer and Seminar Leader (jointly with N. Cowen and A. Trantidis), Human Rights (Undergraduate). University of Lincoln, 2021-present. Student evaluations.

Instructor, POLS 1824W -- Political Violence (Undergraduate). Brown University, Fall 2019. Student evaluations.

Instructor, POLS 1600 -- Political Research Methods (Undergraduate). Brown University, Winter 2019. Student evaluations.

Instructor, Political Economy and Institutions (Graduate). Centro de Estudios Superiores Online de Madrid Manuel Ayau (OMMA) and Universidad Francisco Marroquín, 2017. Student evaluations.

Teaching Assistant, Principles of Economics II -- Macroeconomics (Undergraduate). Professor Konstantinos Matakos, King's College London, Fall 2017.

Teaching Assistant, Principles of Economics I -- Microeconomics (Undergraduate). Professor David Skarbek, King's College London, Winter 2017.



Suggested Courses

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

Latin American Politics (Undergraduate/Graduate).

Introduction to Comparative Politics (Undergraduate/Graduate).