About Me

I am a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Political Science at the Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia). I hold a PhD in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. I specialize in the political economy of state service provision across territory in Latin America, with a focus on Colombia. Read a summary of my dissertation argument here.

I also study the relationship between natural resources and armed conflict. I coedited the book ¿Diferentes recursos, conflictos distintos? La economía política regional del conflicto armado y la criminalidad en Colombia (Ediciones Uniandes, 2018), with Angelika Rettberg, Ralf J. Leiteritz, and Carlo Nasi.

I have also examined the local dimensions of peacebuilding and transitional justice in Colombia. My findings appear in the book Guerras, paces y vidas entrelazadas: coexistencia y relaciones locales entre víctimas, excombatientes y comunidades en Colombia (Ediciones Uniandes, 2012). An English version of my argument was also published in the International Journal of Transitional Justice.

In a coauthored chapter with Kent Eaton (UC Santa Cruz), we contributed to discussions on “subnational authoritarianism” in unitary countries, drawing on evidence from the aftermath of the parapolítica scandal in Colombia. Our work appears in Violence in Latin America and the Caribbean, edited by Tina Hilgers and Lauren Macdonald (Cambridge University Press, 2017).