About

I am a doctoral candidate in political science at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. This year I am a Writing Across the Curriculum fellow at Hunter College, and I sometimes teach politics courses at Hunter too. You can find a relatively recent version of my CV here. I’m going to try to update it every month (but I’m inevitably going to fail).

My research and teaching center on security, crime, and violence. I focus on Latin America and the U.S. My dissertation project is a close examination of the phenomenon of narco-messages in Mexico, which I use as the basis of a wider consideration of the interrelations of violence, the media, and democracy.

I have made three research trips to Mexico to collect data for my dissertation. I conducted preliminary research during the summer of 2017, then returned for six months in 2018. I spent the beginning of 2019 in Cuernavaca, and plan to return to that city during the summer of this year. The header image for this site was taken at the Tula archaeological site in the Mexican state of Hidalgo.

Bear with me in late March and through April as I tinker with this site, and look into migrating it to a different host (CUNY Academic Commons, looking at you).

I use this blog to document and to think through all the little processes that slip through the gaps of a CV or a formal research agenda. Among the posts you can find those in which I reflect on data as I collect it, grapple with some of the common assumptions in my research topics, and think through readings for upcoming courses. After almost two years of blogging, I finally wrote an introductory post about why I blog. Or you could start off back where it all started, with a blog post from Mexico City in 2017.

Alongside individual blog posts, you’ll see a tag cloud that visualizes some of the themes recurring across my blog posts. I have a bit of a fascination with data visualization. Stay tuned for maps, clouds, and other summaries of my research on narco-messages.

My apologies in advance to those sensitive to orthography. Across this site, and especially within the blog, you are bound to encounter a jumble of Australian and U.S. spelling and phrasing. Undergraduate studies in Australia and graduate studies in the U.S. are starting to take their toll, and not-quite-intuitive autocorrects aren’t helping. Just be glad that you don’t have to read my muddled Spanish.