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 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.

During summer 2019, I will return to Cuernavaca to complete my case study of the city. At the end of the summer, I will share my work at the APSA conference in Washington DC. I will also discuss my work at The Methods Studio short course.

I blog to document and to think through 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. There’s a tag cloud for the blog hidden behind that little file symbol in the top left corner of this page. Yep, right up there.