Welcome! My research examines political and criminal violence and democratic backsliding, with a regional focus on Latin America. I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at The Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR) at Tulane University. I completed my PhD in Political Science at Brown University in 2023, and was previously a Predoctoral Fellow at the Center for US-Mexican Studies, UC San Diego (2021-23), a Peace Scholar Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace (2021-22), and an Emerging Scholar awarded by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation (2021-22). My research has been published in Political Science Research and Methods, PS: Political Science and Politics, and is forthcoming at the Journal of Peace Research.

In 2017, I co-founded the Democratic Erosion Consortium and design and run our Fellowship Program. The Consortium helps students and faculty evaluate threats to democracy both at home and abroad through the lens of theory, history, and social science, and spans over 60 universities in multiple countries. If you would like to get involved, please contact us

In addition to my substantive areas of interest, I have ongoing collaborative projects to evaluate and improve research ethics in violent contexts, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA). 

Before graduate school, I earned a BA in Romance Languages & Literatures and Studies of Women, Gender, & Sexuality from Harvard College, magna cum laude. My undergraduate studies focused on queer and feminist prose, poetry, and performance art under conditions of political violence and repression in the Americas. I attended K-12 public schools in Eugene, Oregon.

In addition to Mexico and the US, I have studied or conducted research in Argentina, Dominican Republic, Chile, and Peru.