Museo de la Memoria, Medellín, Colombia

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University. During the 2018-19 academic year I am a Visiting Fellow at the Program for Latin American Studies at Princeton University.

Prior to starting at Barnard, I taught at Rutgers University, was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and also a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at Yale University’s Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence.

My research agenda focuses on broadly on the political economy of criminal violence. My first book, Cities, Business and the Politics of Urban Violence in Latin America, analyzes how the relationships between city mayors, business interests, and criminal organizations shape the ways in which major developing world cities respond to the challenge of urban violence. In my current book project I analyze protection rackets to generate theoretical and empirical insights into the bottom-up contentious micro-dynamics of state-building. Explore this website for more information on both of these research projects.

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