In May 2019, I received my PhD in Political Science from the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri. My primary research interests include comparative foreign policy analysis, political leadership and world politics, political violence, politics of Latin America, and dictatorships. In my current work, I examine leaders’ personality for explaining the decision of dictators to escalate a conflict.
I have further research interests in voting behavior and the role of China and Russia in the developing world. In most of my research, I employ quantitative content analysis, case studies, and survey data. To learn more about my teaching and research, please visit my Research and CV pages.
Since this fall, I am a consultant for a non-profit organization that collects information, disaggregates data, and geolocates political violence around the world. My primary work here focuses on coding data from some Latin American countries.
Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, I have also lived in Germany and the United States. Before coming to the University of Missouri in 2013 as a Fulbright scholar, I received my master's degree in Political Science at Universidad Simón Bolívar and my bachelor's degree in International Studies at Universidad Central de Venezuela. From 2010 and 2013, I worked as an Assistant Professor at Universidad Simón Bolívar, Universidad Metropolitana and as a Visiting Professor at Universidad Central de Venezuela.