Rebecca Weitz-Shapiro is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Brown University and a Faculty Fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. Through her research, she seeks to understand the causes of variation in the quality of representation and government accountability within and across countries in Latin America. Her book, "Curbing Clientelism in Argentina: Politics, Poverty, and Social Policy," was published with Cambridge University Press (2014) and received the Donna Lee Van Cott Award from the Political Institutions Section of the Latin American Studies Association. Her ongoing projects examine citizen attitudes towards corruption and mechanisms of state oversight in Brazil and Argentina. She has published articles in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Politics in Latin America, Latin American Research Review, and Latin American Politics and Society.