I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and a Graduate Affiliate at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. My research has been funded by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.
My main research interests lie at the intersection of violence and conflict, local governance, state capacity, and democratic institutions, with a regional focus on Latin America. My work broadly explores the causes and consequences of political order and local governance in violent contexts: whether and how political elites build state institutions in weakly institutionalized contexts, and the conditions under which democratic institutions generate or prevent political and criminal violence. Methodologically, I am interested in the combination of tools of causal inference and qualitative methods to answer these questions.
Prior to coming to Notre Dame, I completed a BA in Political Science (2009) at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia and a MA in Public Policy and Conflict Studies (2013) at the University of Erfurt in Germany.
My work has been published in Journal of Peace Research and Democracy and Security.