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First Name
Amy Erica
Last Name
United States
Iowa State University
Latin American politics, religion and politics, evangelicals in Brazil, social networks, voters and elections
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About Me

I am interested in how citizens in developing countries learn about politics and make political decisions. A lot of my research focuses on the ways people learn about politics through religious groups and informal social networks. I am also very interested in the representation of underrepresented groups, including women and racial and ethnic minorities. Much of my work focuses on Brazil, and on Latin American politics more broadly.

Recent Publications

Smith, Amy Erica. Forthcoming. When Clergy are Threatened: Catholic and Protestant Leaders and Political Activism in Brazil. Politics & Religion.

Ames, Barry, Andy Baker, and Amy Erica Smith. Forthcoming. Social Networks in the Brazilian Electorate. Oxford Handbook of Political Networks, eds. Jennifer Nicoll Victor, Mark Lubell, and Alexander H. Montgomery.

Smith, Amy Erica. Forthcoming. Talking it Out: Political Conversation and Learning in Unequal Contexts. British Journal of Political Science.

Smith, Amy Erica. 2015. The Diverse Impacts of Politically Diverse Networks: Party Systems, Political Disagreement, and the Timing of Vote Decisions. International Journal of Public Opinion Research.

Layton, Matthew L. and Amy Erica Smith. 2015. Incorporating Marginal Citizens and Voters: The Conditional Electoral Effects of Targeted Social Assistance in Latin America. Comparative Political Studies 48(7): 854-81.

Boas, Taylor, and Amy Erica Smith. 2015. Religion and the Latin American Voter. In The Latin American Voter, eds. Ryan Carlin, Matthew Singer, and Liz Zechmeister. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

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