I am an Associate Vice Provost for International Affairs and Associate Professor of Government Cornell University. My research and teaching interests include a variety of topics related to political and economic development in Latin America. Currently, my research focuses on three main areas: 1) the politics of economic reforms, 2) taxation and state capacity, and 3) the consequences of the militarization of law enforcement.
I teach “Latin American Politics, Economy, and Society” (GOVT 3293, DSOC 3290, LATA 3290), “War and the State” (GOVT 4403), “Politics of Energy and Natural Resources” (GOVT 4274), and Comparative Methods (6053) at Cornell. I have also taught courses in Comparative Politics, Latin American Politics, Globalization and World Affairs, and Statistics at Harvard, Georgetown, and Duke. While teaching at Harvard, I received the Derek Bok Distinction in Teaching Award in 2008. In 2013, I received the Stephen and Margery Russell Distinguished Teaching Award at Cornell.
I received my PhD in political science from Georgetown University and a masters in public policy from Duke University, where I was a Fulbright scholar. I was the 2017-18 Democracy and Development Fellow at Princeton University. Before joining the Government Department I was a fellow at Cornell’s Polson Institute for Global Development between 2008 and 2010. Previously, I served as Director of Public Affairs in Mexico’s Consumer Protection Agency.