Welcome to my website! I’m a Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. I study political and criminal violence, organized crime, and non-state governance in Latin America. My current book project, “Monopolies of Violence: Criminal Governance in Rio de Janeiro” examines the nature of political authority and the variation in governing strategies of drug trafficking gangs in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas.
I hold a B.A. from Coe College (2004), a M.Sc. in Ethno-Communal Conflict from University College Dublin (2008), and received my Ph.D. in comparative politics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison (2017).
My research has been funded by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council’s Drugs, Security and Democracy in Latin America and the International Dissertation Research Fellowships as well as the Department of Education through the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad.
Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
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