Miguel R. Rueda is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Political Science at the University of Rochester. His areas of specialization are comparative politics, formal theory, and political methodology. Miguel's research applies formal modeling and statistical tools to the study of clientelism and civil conflict with a focus in Latin America. He previously served as a Wallis Graduate Fellow at the Wallis Institute of Political Economy, and he received a M.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. Miguel's research agenda at CSDP will focus on the mechanics of electoral manipulation. He will be working on a project that develops and tests new hypotheses on the use of vote buying, turnout suppression and fraud. The project uses an original dataset of citizens' and election monitors' reports of electoral crimes in Colombian municipalities that covers several local and general elections. Miguel will identify the determinants of the choice of strategies by exploiting the variation in the strategies' relative incidence in the Colombian panel.