I am an Assistant Professor in International Studies at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City and a Research Affiliate with the Violence and Transitional Justice Lab at the University of Notre Dame. I hold a PhD in political science from the University of Notre Dame, where I was also a PhD fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. My research, focusing on conflict termination, security sector reform, and criminal violence, has been published in the Journal of Peace Research.
I am currently involved in two interrelated lines of research related to these topics. I explore the conditions under which police reform contributes to the respect of human rights and crime reduction in post-conflict and democratic societies. In a series of articles I explore a variety of determinants of police violence. A recent project, combining extensive fieldwork and survey experiments, explores the determinants of public opinion support for punitive security policies. This research is funded by a grant from the Uruguayan Agency for Research and Innovation and the Uruguayan Ministry of Interior. In a separate collaborative project I seek to understand how transitional justice mechanisms can break cycles of impunity during democratic transitions and reduce criminal violence post-transition. Relatedly, I conduct research on the determinants of organized criminal behavior. Within this line of research, I focus on the role of the security apparatus in increasing or decreasing violent criminal responses, as well as other criminal behavior such as market capture.
I am also interested in issues of conceptualization, measurement, and mixed methods approaches. In 2014-2015 I was a Research Fellow for the Varieties of Democracy Project (V-Dem), one of the most extensive data gathering exercises on the features of democracy. In my own research, I combine qualitative and quantitative methods, including quasi-experimental and experimental designs, and have conducted extensive interviews during fieldwork in South Africa and Uruguay. The Kellogg Institute for International Studies and USAID’s Research and Innovation Fellowship Program have funded some of these research efforts.
I hold a Master's degree in Peace Studies from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the Universidad de la República in my home country of Uruguay. Prior to graduate studies I served as a specialist for the United Nations in Uruguay.