I am an Academy Scholar at The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, after which I will be an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Merced. Previosuly, I was a Predoctoral Fellow at ITAM and Innovations for Poverty Action in Mexico City and a Fellow at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies. I hold a PhD from the University of California, San Diego.
I research violence and crime, with a particular focus on the interactions between the state and criminal organizations in Latin America. My research relies on original data and multi-method research designs.
Prior to my PhD, I worked on drug policy at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, with refugees and immigrants at U.S. Committee on Refugees and Immigrants, and with unaccompanied immigrant minors in detention centers at the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights.
I am a proud first-generation Mexican immigrant who moved to the US at the age of ten. I love playing and watching fútbol, listening to (and singing) corridos, traveling and eating street food in Mexico, and am passionate about helping the communities that I am a part of.
You can find my CV here.