I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR) at Tulane University. I received my Ph.D. in political science from the University of Notre Dame in 2020.
My main research interests include political and criminal violence, state capacity, the political consequences of land inequality, and the intersection of conflict and democracy in Latin America. My book project Integrating Subnational Peripheries: State Building and Violent Actors in Colombia studies why and how political elites differentially build state capacity in a country’s peripheral and marginalized areas in the midst of violent conflicts.
In particular, my research examines the conditions under which elections and democratic reforms may prevent or trigger waves of political and criminal violence. I am also interested in understanding how states develop their presence in contexts of violence and rural inequality. Lastly, my research explores how and whether states are able to establish the rule of law after decades of conflict. I have employed a variety of methods to answer these questions with evidence from Colombia, Brazil, and Guatemala.
My research has been funded by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. My work has been published in Journal of Peace Research and Democracy and Security.