I am an Associate Professor at the School of Economics, Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia.
My research lies in the field of Development Economics and focuses on two topics: First and foremost, I'm interested in the analysis of violence and forced displacement and in understanding whether they can thrust victims into poverty through economic, psychological, and behavioral channels. Second, I'm also interested in the relationship between aspirations, poverty, and socioeconomic mobility.
I am a 2021 Santo Domingo Visiting Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) at Harvard University, a member of EGAP, an invited academic at JPAL-LAC, a Faculty Affiliate at the Care and Protection of Children Learning Network (CPC), and a Research Affiliate at the Internal Displacement Research Programme at the University of London.
Since 2013, I have been leading the implementation and evaluation of Semillas de Apego, a group-based psychosocial intervention for primary caregivers in communities exposed to violence in Colombia. The program aims to promote maternal mental health and healthy child-parent emotional bonds as a pathway for a proper development among children exposed to violence. In doing so, we aim to help children reach their full potential amid traumatic and adverse environments. We conducted an RCT of the intervention in Tumaco, Colombia between 2018 and 2020 and are currently working on an at-scale pilot of the program in 5 Colombian municipalities. Read more about our work here.