I am an assistant professor at the Harris School of Public Policy at The University of Chicago. I received my PhD in politics from New York University.
My broad research interests lie in the intersection of Comparative Political Economy, Conflict and Security with a strong regional emphasis on the Americas and methodological emphasis on Formal Theory. My current research focuses on organized criminal groups, one of the biggest challenges for contemporary states. These groups undermine states' legitimacy, influence the normal functioning of democratic institutions and pose domestic and international security threats to citizens across the globe.
Profitable illicit markets foster criminal wars that can be as deadly as interstate, civil war and terrorism. I have developed models that inform the policy debate over how states' actions as third-party interveners affect the dynamics of criminal violence and how it is that electoral accountability succeeds or fails at producing these policies.