Since August 2022, I am an assistant professor at the Department of Political Science of the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC). I am also a research affiliate at the Notre Dame Violence and Transitional Justice Lab of the Kellogg Institute, University of Notre Dame. Previously, I was a visiting assistant professor at the Keough School of Global Affairs (2021-2022), as well as an assistant professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Political Studies at Universidad Icesi in Cali, Colombia (2018-2021).IMG_9321

I have PhD in Political Science from the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. I was also a PhD Fellow and Dissertation Fellow of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, as well as a recipient of the J. William Fulbright scholarship (2011, Fulbright Colombia) and a Grassroots Development Fellowship of the Inter-American Foundation.

I received a BA in Political Science with a minor in Economics and an MA in Comparative Politics at the University of Tübingen (Germany). I also earned an MA in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame.

For more information about research interests, academic appointments and experience, as well as publications please click here for my CV.




My research focuses on the limitations on democratic citizenship in Latin America, in particular on the threats to the exercise of political and civil rights in cases of mass-scale violence. My work lies at the intersection of studies of criminal and political violence, criminal governance, and political institutions. It employs multiple methods: experimental, quantitative analysis with observational data, and case studies based on extensive fieldwork.

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