About Me

Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Davis. Previously, I was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Global Development. I hold a Ph.D. in Politics from New York University.

My research focuses broadly on the political economy of development, with emphasis on topics related to political behavior, crime, and conflict. I have two main lines of ongoing research. One examines how violent conflict affects behavioral outcomes and the development of institutions. My second line of research is on the political economy of organized crime, with a regional focus on the U.S.-Mexico drug trade.

From a methodological perspective, my expertise is in quantitative approaches to causal inference, survey methodology, and experimental methods.

My work has been published or is forthcoming in the American Political Science ReviewElectoral Studies, and the Journal of the European Economic Association. You can find my Google Scholar profile here.