About

I am a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and a Doctoral Student Affiliate at the Kellogg Institute of International Studies. My area of specialization is Comparative Politics.

My research focuses on the intersection between state-building, violence, and electoral politics. My dissertation project seeks to understand the process of state-building in weakly institutionalized democracies, with a focus on 1) why state-building exhibits such a rich variation across subnational units and 2) why and when politicians invest in some dimensions of state capacity (i.e. coercive, extractive, administrative) more than others.

In addition, I am interested the effects of land tenure on patterns of violence during elections; and the relationship between criminal groups and political order. Regionally, I'm interested in Latin America, with a special focus on Colombia.

I hold a BA in Political Science (2009) from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia and a MA in Public Policy and Conflict Studies (2013) from the University of Erfurt in Germany.

Thematic Interests

My research seeks to understand the the problem of political order in countries where democratic institutions coexist with organized violence. Thus, I am interested in understanding the causes and consequences of electoral violence, clientelism, and the process of state-building. My regional interest is Latin America, with a special focus on Colombia.

In particular, my dissertation project seeks to understand the process of state-building in weakly institutionalized democracies, with a focus on 1) why state-building exhibits such a rich variation across subnational units and 2) why and when politicians invest in some dimensions of state capacity (i.e. coercive, extractive, administrative) more than others.

Calendar

Upcoming Events

Tuesday

February 20
Pope Francis’s Vision of International Politics and Diplomacy
Seminars/Lectures
Jodok Troy
February 20
Reading Group on Lying and Truthfulness - Feb 20 Meeting
Working Groups, Reading Group on Lying and Truthfulness

Wednesday

February 21
Lynching and the Politics of State Formation in POst-Revolutionary Puebla (1930-1950)
Working Groups, Peace, Conflict, Crime & Violence Workshop
Gema Santamaría

Thursday

February 22
The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed Bishop Gerardi?
Seminars/Lectures
Francisco Goldman

Friday

February 23 to February 24
2018 Human Development Conference
Conferences/Workshops, Undergraduate Programs
Abigail Midlige, Tommy Emmet