I hold a bachelor’s degree in political science and a Diploma in International Studies from Universidad de la República in my home country, Uruguay, as well as an MA in peace studies from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, here at Notre Dame (2012). Prior to my arrival at Notre Dame, I worked for the United Nations in Uruguay. That experience allowed me to broaden my perspective and understanding of the opportunities and challenges embedded in conflict and development work.
I am also passionate about doing work that builds bridges between academia and policymaking. Throughout my time at Notre Dame, I have become involved in projects with potential to make those connections. As an MA student, I had the unique opportunity to work as a research assistant with the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town, South Africa.
More recently, I have been involved in a collaborative project that studies the nexus between processes of transitional justice and the reduction of criminal violence. I was also a research assistant for the Varieties of Democracy project, a massive data collection effort on different aspects of democracy with potential to be used as an advocacy and monitoring tool to assess progress towards the construction of more democratic societies.
These experiences have exposed me to new and creative ways of thinking about conflict, its determinants and means to transform it. My dissertation focuses on understanding how police reform in the aftermath of internal conflict can contribute in the reduction of human rights abuses and crime in the post-conflict phase. I am also interested in conceptualization and measurement as well as mixed methods approaches.