My research focuses on civil wars and peace-building, democratic elections, organized crime, and ethnic politics with a primary regional focus on Latin America. My book, Organized Violence after Civil War: The Geography of Recruitment in Latin America, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016 in its Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics series. I am currently working on a book on why citizens vote for political actors that used violence against the population.
I am a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and have served as a fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University, and at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. I am currently a Visiting Associate Research Scholar in Latin American Studies at Princeton University.
I hold a PhD in Political Science from MIT, a MSc in Development Studies from London School of Economics and a BA in International Relations from Stanford University.