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. I use a variety of quantitative methods to examine the causes of weak states and their consequences for conflict and development; the conditions under which elections and democracy shape criminal and political violence; and how international institutions impact security and governance at the domestic level.
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.
You can contact me at: cnietoma[at]nd[dot]edu