Welcome!

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. During the 2021-2022 academic year I was a Research Fellow at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies.

I study criminality and violence, with a special focus on the links between organized crime and politics. My research uses novel datasets and often relies on mixed-method designs. My dissertation investigates how government policies can incentivize criminal organizations to diverisfy their activities and expand their presence to new territories, and in turn, how they establish themselves in new territories by building networks with government officials. Related projects examine why criminal organizations kill politicians, why they assassinate police officers, and how they exploit migrant flows. Other projects analyze how women politicians impact the prevalence of violence against women, and how police reform affects crime and violence.

My research 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.


You can find my CV here.



Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments:

Email: m2alcoce@ucsd.edu

Twitter: @Marco_Alcocer1