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 the phenomenon of narco-messages 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 the summer 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.