I am currently a PhD candidate in the department of Political Science at Duke University with a primary focus in Security, Peace, and Conflict and a secondary focus in Methodology. I was a 2014-2017 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and a Katherine Goodman Stern Fellow at Duke University during 2018-2019. Beginning in Fall of 2019 I will be an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of South Carolina. You can access my CV here.
Broadly, my research and teaching interests center on the causes and consequences of armed conflict, civilian responses to insecurity, networks, and Latin American politics. Currently, I maintain three distinct research agendas. The first considers the challenge of generating civilian support for negotiated settlements in societies at war; the second explores the strategic behavior of armed actors in civil wars; the last focuses on the role of network structure in inter- and intra-state conflict.
In addition to my academic work, I also consult and conduct research for governments and NGOs, primarily in the areas of governance and security. In this capacity, I have contributed to projects for the World Bank and USAID. I am also an active member of the DevLab@Duke.
Raised partly in Colombia and south Florida, in my free time I love to travel, play the drums, and am an avid reader of fiction.