Danilo Freire

Postdoctoral Research Associate · Brown University · danilofreire@gmail.com

I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Political Theory Project at Brown University. I hold a PhD in Political Economy from King's College London and a Master's Degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute Geneva.

My research interests lie in political violence and collective action dilemmas, with a regional focus on Latin America. Empirically, I leverage experimental, quasi-experimental, machine learning, and qualitative methods to analyse the effectiveness of public policies, criminal governance, and international coordination problems. You 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 danilofreire@gmail.com.


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Freire, D. Beasts of Prey or Rational Animals?: Private Governance in Brazil’s Jogo do Bicho. Latin American Perspectives. 2019. 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., 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.

Arbache, G., Freire, D., 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.

Book Chapters

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

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

Working Papers

Freire, D., Mignozzetti, U., Skarbek, D. Latin American Elites Favour Polycentric Governance in Climate Change Agreements. Under review.

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

Freire, D., Meadowcroft, J., Skarbek, D., Guerrero, E. Deaths and Disappearances in the Pinochet Regime: A New Dataset.


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

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


All my course materials are available online:

POLS 1600: Political Research Methods. Undergraduate. Instructor. Brown University, 2019.

Economia Política e Instituições (Political Economy and Institutions). Graduate. Module convener. 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, 2017. Module convener: Konstantinos Matakos.

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