I am an Assistant Research Fellow at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies. I recently completed my PhD at the Department of Political Science at The George Washington University.

My dissertation research focused on unemployment and social spending in resource dependent countries. My dissertation investigates how regime types respond to unemployment under conditions of resource dependence. My research has been supported by the American Political Science Association Fund for Latino Scholarship, American Political Science Association MENA Project and GWU Center for International Business Education. My current research explores security and defense institutions in Latin America and the national security dimension of US-Latin America relations.

Before graduate school I worked as a Research Associate for Mitsubishi International Corporation, where I analyzed the oil and mining and infrastructure sectors; and for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, where I worked on a program to address the underrepresentation of Hispanics in the federal government.

I enjoy making complex ideas accessible to people whether through teaching or through analytical writing. I am passionate about studying problems related to resource dependence and addressing issues of underrepresentation of minorities in the US.