I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University where I'm also affilliated with the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and the Institute for Quantitative Social Science.
My scholarly work leverages novel empirical settings to study the consequences of violence and criminal justice involvement on individuals and communities, as well as on the reproduction of inequality and power. Using a variety of theoretical approaches, methodological techniques, and data sources, I develop this research agenda in three related lines of inquiry set in Latin America. My first line, based on my dissertation, looks at the individual consequences of violence in contexts of armed conflict, while also analyzing how communities can alleviate or exacerbate these consequences. In my second line I examine how crimes are processed in the criminal justice system and how the system’s actors and institutional arrangements shape the outcomes of these processes. My last line of work analyzes how social movements influence decision-making processes in the criminal justice system.
My scholarly work has been influenced by years of experience working as a lawyer in the Mexican criminal justice system and as a researcher and a team manager in one of Mexico’s top research centers (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, CIDE). I also hold degrees in Criminology and Criminal Justice (MA, King's College London) and Law (BA, Universidad de Sonora, Mexico).