I am a Ph.D. student in political science at the University of California, Berkeley. I am generally interested in studying security institutions, political violence, and corruption in Latin America. My recent work assesses the causes and consequences of drug trafficking violence in Mexico. I hold an M.A. in political science from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and a B.A. in government and international politics from George Mason University. Before coming to Berkeley, I worked as a research assistant at CSULB and a teaching assistant at Harvard University for a course on U.S.-Mexico relations.