Dr. Bejar-Lopez received his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame (2011). His research interests include comparative political behavior and public opinion, elections and campaigns, parties and party systems, international political economy, and political methodology. His current research focuses on explaining the determinants and effects of programmatic and affective political polarization as well as the determinants of the electoral success of authoritarian populist parties, with an emphasis on Latin America. He also conducts research in survey, experimental and statistical methods. His research has been published in a variety of academic journals including Comparative Political Studies, Conflict Management and Peace Science, the Review of International Political Economy, Latin American Politics and Society, Economics of Governance, and the Journal of Open Source Software among others. He was a CIPR post-doctoral fellow from 2011-2012.