Thiago is currently a PhD candidate in Social Research Methodology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), supervised by Jonathan Jackson and Jouni Kuha.
As a quantitative social scientist, he works with topics related to criminology and sociology. His research interests include public attitudes towards legal institutions, procedural justice theory, police-citizen encounters, criminal policy, and legal cynicism. Specifically, he investigates whether interactions between power-holders and subordinates are associated with attitudinal changes and the extent to which inappropriate police behaviour, including aggressive and violent policing, can lead to the reproduction of legal cynicism. Most of his research relies upon survey data to measure constructs related to legal attitudes and he is particularly interested in panel survey designs to model changes in public opinion.
Thiago is very interested in social research methods, especially when it comes to teaching. He is generally keen on teaching topics related to research design, quantitative methods, and statistical software. His main methodological interests in quantitative social science include longitudinal data analysis, latent variable modelling and measurement, survey methods, causal inference, and R programming.
Prior to joining LSE, he was a researcher at the Centre for the Study of Violence of the University of São Paulo (NEV-USP) where he still collaborates as a Research Fellow. In 2015, he was a Visiting Scholar at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Oñati, Basque Country/Spain. He received both his BA in Social Sciences (2013) and his MA in Sociology (2016) from the University of São Paulo.