Sergio Ascencio

Postdoctoral Associate Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Email: serrgio.ascencio@nyu.edu
Education: BA Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM); MA University of Rochester; PhD University of Rochester

Research Areas: Comparative Political Institutions; Political Economy; Candidate Selection; Electoral Manipulation; Latin American Politics


Sergio Ascencio is a political scientist with interests in comparative politics and political economy. He received a PhD in political science from the University of Rochester in 2018 and also holds a BA in political science from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

His research centers on political institutions, electoral competition, and party strategy in developing democracies, with a focus on Latin America. In his dissertation, he used both formal theory and quantitative methods to analyze the dynamics and consequences of institutional change within political parties, with an emphasis on candidate selection rules. Additionally, he is actively engaged in a series of papers on the political economy of electoral manipulation.