About

I am a doctoral candidate in political science at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. I have also held various teaching positions at Hunter College (see the teaching page for syllabi). My research and teaching center on security, violence and media, with a close focus on Latin America and the U.S. My dissertation project analyzes criminal communication practices in Mexico, to better understand the interrelations of armed groups and the public sphere. Over the course of several research trips to Mexico, I have assembled a database of over 6,000 narco-messages, and conducted other media analysis and interviews in Mexico City and Cuernavaca.

I spent the summer in Mexico, completing data collection for my case study of the city of Cuernavaca. This involved interviewing journalists and activists, and digging into local newspapers – what these say, and how they are read. Now back in New York, I am dedicating the fall to coding my database of messages, and transcribing all those interviews. I am also working with graduate students as a writing fellow in my home department.

I blog to document and to explore all the little processes that slip through the gaps of a CV or a formal research agenda. After almost two years of blogging, I finally wrote an introductory post about why I do it. The main categories and specific topics (tags) of the blog are laid out at the foot of the page.