Major: Economics/Political Science
Advisers: Guillermo Trejo (Notre Dame) & Sandra Ley (CIDE)
Thesis Title: The Dynamics of Coercion; Organized Crime and Business in Mexico
My thesis is around the dynamics of coercion used by organized crime groups towards businesses in Mexico. Despite the recent wave of literature on drug trafficking, violence, and fear in Mexico, there is little on the strategies and broader implications of coercion to businesses. Businesses throughout the country have responded very differently when coerced - or faced the threat of coercion - by organized crime groups. My research explores why this variation exists. This study has the broader impact of understanding the role of civil society during periods of internal conflict.
My research interests are in Mexico's political economy and security. Through the Kellogg Institute, I have had the opportunity of participating in forums and conferences in both Mexico and the U.S. I will be conducting research in Mexico for my thesis during these Fall and Winter breaks.