I am a Ph.D. candidate in Politics and Social Policy, with a specialization in Comparative Politics. I am currently a Graduate Fellow at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies and an Honorary Graduate Fellow at the Program for Latin American Studies at Princeton University.

My broad research interests are in human rights, state capacity, civil-military relations, and democratic accountability. Specifically, my scholarship has focused on the circumstances that enable human rights violations, particularly in young democracies. I have a regional focus on Latin America.

I am primarily interested in understanding two questions: Which types of states are most likely to violate human rights? And how do citizens adapt in the way they engage with the state after being victimized? My dissertation and my other ongoing projects address these questions through multi-method research. My work relies on the statistical analysis of a wide array of data including government records, government surveys, business analysis data on extractive projects, and an original survey with embedded survey experiments. My theoretical framework and my quantitative strategy are informed by qualitative data obtained from interviews with key government and societal actors, as well as from historical and anthropological literature. 

In connection with my research, I have received several competitive internal grants from Princeton University, as well as a Pre-Doctoral Research Fellowship from the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego.