Research

The growing importance of data motivates my current research. My dissertation studies how machine learning went from being an arcane technology to become part of the infrastructure of markets and the American state. I am also interested in data collection, privacy, and resistance. With Sidney Tarrow, I explored the emergence of a transatlantic movement for privacy.

I have also been concerned by religion and politics in Latin America. I conducted research on the conservative legal mobilization against LGBT rights in Colombia. Through this research, I realized the rising importance of Evangelicals, which, in turn, drove me to a project on the breakdown of Catholic dominance in El Salvador and Colombia since 1970.

Finally, I am passionate about research methods, including their history and philosophy. I am a pluralist by heart and have used various methods. I am particularly skilled at predictive modeling (supervised learning) and comparative-historical methods. I also have experience with interviews and regression analysis (including with hierarchical data).

Selected publications:

Lehoucq, Emilio (first author) and Tarrow, Sidney. (Forthcoming). The Rise of a Transnational Movement to Protect Privacy. Mobilization.

Lehoucq, Emilio (first author) and Taylor, Whitney. (2020). Conceptualizing Legal Mobilization: How Should We Understand the Deployment of Legal Strategies? Law and Social Inquiry, 45, 1, 166-193.

For a full list of publications and working papers, see my CV.