I am a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University, assistant professor at Purdue University, and Global Fellow at the Wilson Center. My research focuses on quantitatively analyzing public policies and how these may affect economic development and rule of law. I specialize in Mexico's inequality, social policy, corruption and security.
My research was awarded the American Political Science Association’s Leonard D. White prize to the best doctoral dissertation written in 2014, and Harvard’s Merit Fellowship for Outstanding Research in 2011. I was also selected as one of the top-12 young experts by NBER’s Working Group of the Economics of Crime in 2012, and profiled at the Harvard Gazette as one of the 15 Harvard’s stellar graduates of 2013.
As researcher, I have worked with the World Bank (STC), the Guggenheim Foundation of New York City, the United Nations, USAID, The Center for US-Mexico Studies, the Trans-border Institute, and Mexico’s ministries of social development (SEDESOL), education (SEP), and security (SNSP). I was also director of México ¿Cómo Vamos?, a start-up think tank specialized in translating research to the language of media and government officials, and I have served as adviser to Mexico’s Minister of Finance, and to Mexican President’s Spokesman.
The results of my research have been published at The Journal of Conflict Resolution, Latin American Research Review, Latin American Politics and Society, CIKM, Handbook of Latin American Studies, and Trends in Organized Crime. Some summaries are also available at The New York Times, The Washington Post, or in my weekly Sunday OpEd at Mexico's National newspaper Excélsior.