Tesalia is a PhD candidate in Political Science at MIT and a Graduate Research Fellow at MIT GOV/LAB. She studies comparative political behavior using survey and experimental methods as well as ethnographic techniques. Her dissertation explores why and when citizens decide to exit a clientelistic political system. More generally, how programmatic alternatives to informal intermediation and partisan brokerage may (or may not) improve citizen-state relations, mechanisms of accountability and ultimately, citizens’ political engagement during and off elections. With the support of MIT GOV/LAB, she is currently conducting a field experiment to explore the role of partisan brokers and clientelism in accessing state services in 150 rural villages in the state of Yucatan, Mexico.