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.

My current project studies social policy responses to COVID-19 in Colombia. Focusing on 24 cities, the study aims to characterize subnational governments’ emergency assistance measures for “urban outsiders” (poor city residents who are not covered by existing social programs) and how beneficiaries are being identified and selected. It also seeks to explain why different subnational governments have adopted different approaches for identifying and assisting outsiders.  Read more about it here.

My PhD dissertation focuses on economic hotspots in otherwise isolated rural localities, such as large-scale oil and mining projects, industrial monocrops, and hydroelectric dams. It asks what it takes for the state to function effectively around subnational economic hotspots. Read a summary of my dissertation argument here.

I also study the relationship between natural resources and armed conflict. I coedited the book Different Resources, Different Conflicts? The Subnational Political Economy of Armed Conflict and Crime in Colombia (Ediciones Uniandes, 2020), with Angelika Rettberg, Ralf J. Leiteritz, and Carlo Nasi.

I have also examined the local dimensions of peacebuilding and transitional justice in Colombia. The 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 also 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).