I am a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University and a research fellow at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. I am an expert in regional economics and rule of law in Mexico. My most current research analyzes labor markets, productivity, and development indicators at Mexico, and disentangles how violence, institutional quality, and corruption have affected them.
Before joining The Wilson Center, I was the director of México ¿Cómo Vamos? a start-up think tank specialized in translating research to the language of media and government officials. As public offical, I have served as adviser to Mexico’s Minister of Finance, and to Mexican President’s Spokesman. As researcher, I have worked with the Guggenheim Foundation of New York City, the United Nations, USAID, The World Bank, The Center for US-Mexico Studies at the University of California in San Diego, the Trans-border Institute at the University of San Diego, and Mexico’s ministries of social development (SEDESOL), education (SEP), and security (SNSP).
My research has been published at The New York Times, The Washington Post, and was awarded 2014’s American Political Science Award to the best doctoral dissertation written in the last two years. I also received Harvard’s Merit Fellowship for Outstanding Research in 2011, was selected as one of the top-12 young experts by NBER’s Working Group of the Economics of Crime in 2012, and profiled at Harvard Gazette as one of the 15 Harvard’s stellar graduates of 2013.