I belong to an emerging generation of academics that rejects the commonly accepted idea that academia is inexorably detached from policy decisions and social mobilization. Instead, I rely on data analysis, research journalism, and close collaboration with academic peers to advance an acute understanding of the pressing social problems of Mexico, my home country, and to encourage and publicize inadvertent solutions to them.
I am a visiting assistant professor at the Department of Government, Harvard University. I use experimental and observational data to show how democratic transitions affect political corruption and criminal violence. I have published several peer-review papers at journals like The Journal of Conflict Resolution, Justice Quarterly, Latin American Research Review, Latin American Politics and Society and an edited book entitled #TheMissingReform.