I study organized crime, corruption, and political violence. My dissertation focuses on how organized criminal groups and politicians cooperate nonviolently, looking at the case of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as an example. Broadly, my research engages with studies on violence and corruption and its effects on democracy and rule of law. Most of my work is on Latin America, but this phenomenon is present in other parts of the developing world as well. I have a unique expertise for advising students that study organized crime, policing, political violence, or corruption, and I'd be happy to advise students that study other relevant topics in the Americas as well: migration, rule of law, and political economy of development. In the past, I've advised projects on the Venezuelan diaspora in the United States and civil society and social movements in present-day Cuba. I have broad experience in many different types of research methods -- I conducted a large-scale survey and use geospatial and quantitative methods for my own research, in addition to qualitative interviews. I speak Spanish and Portuguese fluently. Please get in touch with any questions!