I am a lecturer in the writing program at Princeton. I received my PhD in political science from the City University of New York in 2022. My research focuses on crime and violence in Latin America and the United States. While working on my dissertation, I spent a year conducting research in Mexico and then a couple more years as a visiting fellow (without actually visiting – thanks pandemic) at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego.

I grew up in Sydney, Australia, and completed my undergraduate studies there. After graduating, I spent a number of years wandering at large, teaching English or volunteering in Spain, South Korea, Bolivia, and Mexico. My years in Guadalajara, Mexico shaped my later studies and research. I moved to the United States for what I thought was a short stint in grad school, but I’ve now lived in Brooklyn for over a decade.