Marco Alcocer

I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego and Predoctoral Fellow at ITAM and IPA Mexico in Mexico City. Starting in Fall 2023 I will be an Academy Scholar Postdoc at Harvard University, and after will begin as an assistant professor at the University of California, Merced.

I study crime, violence, and citizen security, with a particular focus on the links between organized crime and the state. My research uses novel datasets and relies on multi-method designs, and has been generously supported by APSA's Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, APSA's Minority Fellowship Award, UCSD's Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies, UCSD's Friends of the International Center, and UCSD's Course Development and Instructional Improvement Program.

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 originally from Mexico City and am a proud first-generation Mexican immigrant who moved to the US at the age of ten. I love playing and watching fĂștbol, traveling through Mexico, and am passionate about helping the communities that I am a part of.