I am a Ph.D. student in Political Science and the Graduate Student Coordinator for the Comparative Politics Colloquium at the University of California, Berkeley. I also serve as a Research Associate at the Center on the Politics of Development.
As a comparativist, I am generally interested in studying the relationship between organized crime and policing in the developing world. My current research explores the principal-agent problems that emerge when national governments delegate security responsibilities to subnational security institutions. Furthermore, using a mixed-methods approach, my dissertation seeks to explore how criminal organizations can affect public safety across Mexico through attacks on the police.
I hold an M.A. in Political Science from UC Berkeley and another M.A. in the same discipline from California State University, Long Beach. I also hold a B.A. in Government & International Politics from George Mason University.