D. Perez

Ph.D. Candidate, Political Science and International Relations

University of Southern California


About Me

Welcome! I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Southern California. I am also a graduate student in the Master of Science in Applied Economics and Econometrics (MS AEE). I have a strong quantitative background in data analytics, survey data, text analysis, designing and implementing field and survey experiments, A/B testing, vector autoregressions (VAR) and multilevel-regression analysis with postratification frames (MRP).

My research focuses on corporate political strategy, the behavior of political elites, affective polarization, and attitude formation. My dissertation looks at corporate activism to identify its determinants, as well as its consequences on the behavioral attitudes of social and political stakeholders.

Prior to my doctoral education, I worked as a public affairs and strategic communications consultant and analyst for international private firms and non-profit clients.


Professional Experience

Graduate Research Assistant

University of Southern California

08/2020 - Present

  • Data analysis for large survey data, collection and matching to other data across a variety of methodologies (i.e. secondary/third-party data, primary survey research).

  • Hierarchical multilevel modeling and analysis.

  • Designing and implementing A/B testing for a newsletter to increase the enrollment of political elites’ in a multi-stakeholder workshop on climate change.

Executive Associate Public Affairs and
Corporate Strategic Communications

Estudio de Comunicación, Spain

10/2017 – 06/2018

  • Leading consultant in the coordination and development of the firm’s new public affairs department.

  • Generating and implementing corporate political strategies, stakeholder mapping and policy analysis.

  • Design and data analysis from focus groups with clients’ stakeholders (i.e. consumers and employees)

Associate Public Affairs

KREAB Worldwide, Spain

12/2014 – 09/2017

  • Political strategy consultant for international clients from private and non-profit sectors.

  • Researcher at the KREAB Research Unit for socio-economic studies on trade and business growth in Spain.

  • Designing, implementing and analyzing corporate reputation and perception studies.

Public Relations and Communications Trainees

Ministry of Education and Culture, Australia

03/2012 – 08/2012

  • Implementation of the Spanish Ministry of Education Language Assistant Program for 2013-2014.

  • Creation of press media relations content and public relations initiatives to promote Spanish culture aborad.


Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant


International Relations

University of Southern California

Undergraduate Course 


Political Economy

University of Southern California

Undergraduate Course


Advanced Strategy

University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business



Educational Background

Expected 2023

PhD, Political Science and International Relations

University of Southern California, Los Angeles


Postgraduate Certificate, Public Affairs Management

Universidad Camilo José Cela, Spain

Expected 2022

MS, Economics and Applied Econometrics

University of Southern California, Los Angeles


MA, Political and Corporate Communication

Universidad Camilo José Cela, Spain


BA, International Relations

Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain


BA, English Studies and Linguistics

UNED, Spain


Publications and Working Papers

Values Over Money: The Effect of Corporate Activism on Political Stakeholders' Attitudes Towards The Firm


Can Corporate Activism Drive Political Consumerism?


What Drives Politicians to Learn?: A Cross-Country Experiment

(with Miguel Pereira, Kaya Axelsson and Nathalie Giger)

Who Has Preferential Access to Legislators:
A Lobbying Field Experiment and Elite Survey


A Resource-Based Perspective of Corporate Political Capabilities



Research Updates:


Modeling Public Opinion Estimates

Estimates of public opinion on climate change policy support by regions in the United Kingdom created for the Net Zero Climate campaign.

Click here to access the interactive map.



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