Sebastián Rivera

I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. I received an MA in Political Science from UC Irvine and an MA in Communication from the Universidad Diego Portales, Chile. I also hold a BA in Political Science from the Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile.

I study comparative political behavior in Latin America, with a particular focus on Chile. My research interests include public opinion, election campaigns, media consumption, and political participation. My current research agenda focuses on the personalization of politics from a comparative perspective, with a special focus on Latin America. I am interested in understanding why candidates personalize their election campaigns, why people look at candidates’ characteristics when making voting decisions, and how election campaigns shape political attitudes and behaviors. I am also interested in understanding people’s political involvement, both online and offline.

In Chile, my home country, I am affiliated with the Centro de Investigación en Comunicación, Literatura y Observación Social (CICLOS) at Universidad Diego Portales and the Núcleo Milenio para el Estudio de la Política, Opinión Pública y Medios en Chile (MEPOP).

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Last updated: January 3, 2024.