I am a doctoral candidate in political science at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. This year I am also a writing fellow for the MA program in political science at the Graduate Center. Prior to this position, I held a series of 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 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.