Carlos Schmidt-Padilla

Welcome to my website!

I am a graduate student in Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley and a Research Associate at the Center on the Politics of Development.

Broadly, my research interests encompass the political economy of development of Latin America and of sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, I study questions concerning violence, religion, political and economic history, and land tenure systems.

Research in Progress

  1. Pecenco, Matthew and Carlos Schmidt-Padilla. Penitentiary Reform and Recidivism: Evidence from the Dominican Republic.
    • Data gathering in progress, November 2017
  2. Callis, Anna and Carlos Schmidt-Padilla. When the Right Taxes More: Partisanship, Alignment, and Local Tax Collection in Mexico.
    • Working paper, June 2017
  3. Larreguy, Horacio and Carlos Schmidt-Padilla. Missionary Competition, Education, and Long-run Political Development: Evidence from Africa.
    • Working paper, August 2017


  • Political Science 1: Introduction to American Politics
  • Political Science 142a: Politics of the Middle East
    • Summer 2016: [1]