Alyssa Huberts

I am a PhD Candidate in Government at Harvard University, studying the relationship between citizens, their elected officials, and the quality of public service delivery. My dissertation focuses on the politics of piped water provision in Mexico City. I also collaborate with researchers from other disciplines and local governments on interdisciplinary, policy-focused research. 

In my research I aim to apply "the right method to the right question". I have conducted analyses using  difference-in-differences, instrumental variables, and conjoint survey experiments, and have also collaborated on RCTs. My research questions are motivated by field interviews with households and bureaucrats, in which I try to listen closely to citizens, to triangulate across sources, and to keep in mind the incentives at each link in the policy chain. For my dissertation, I have designed and fielded in-person and online surveys, as well as constructed original datasets using administrative PDFs, historical newspapers, and complaints scraped from Twitter. 

I am passionate about helping bridge the gap between the research and policy communities. As an adjunct professor at Georgetown University's Masters in Latin American Studies Program, I teach a quantitative methods course called "Data and Inference for Policymakers", focused on building intuition, literacy and data skills that can be applied to real-world policy problems.