Luis is a PhD Candidate in the job market this year. His dissertation uses multiple methods to demonstrate how war made the state in nineteenth-century Latin America. Starting the fifth year of his PhD, Luis’ research has already been published in Security Studies,Democratization, Foreign Policy Analysis, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Latin American Research Review, and Latin American Politics and Society, among other major journals. Luis also contributed with the entry on Hegemony to the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies, and writes in popular outlets, including most notably The Washington Post.

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Thematic Interests

I am interested in how the international security environment shaped the prospects of state formation and democratization, primarily in Latin America.

Current Research

State Formation in Latin America and Foreign Policy in Latin America. In my dissertation I study the effect of 19th century wars on the state capacity of Latin American states in our days.


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