Fields of Study: International Relations, Comparative Politics
Areas of Interest: conflict processes, police reform, transitional justice and human rights
I am a PhD Candidate in political science and a PhD fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. My research focuses on conflict termination, security sector reform, and criminal violence. One of my co-authored articles is forthcoming in the Journal of Peace Research.
I am currently involved in two major research projects related to these topics. In my book project, I explore the conditions under which police reform contributes to the respect of human rights and crime reduction in post-conflict societies. In a series of articles I explore a variety of determinants of police violence. In a separate collaborative project I seek to understand how transitional justice mechanisms can break cycles of impunity during democratic transitions.
I am also interested in issues of conceptualization, measurement, and mixed methods approaches. In 2014-2015 I was a Research Fellow for the Varieties of Democracy Project (V-Dem), one of the most extensive data gathering exercises on the features of democracy. In my own research, I combine qualitative and quantitative methods (including quasi-experimental and experimental designs) and have conducted extensive interviews during fieldwork in South Africa. The Kellogg Institute for International Studies and USAID’s Research and Innovation Fellowship Program have funded some of these research efforts.
I hold a Master's degree in Peace Studies from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the Universidad de la República in my home country of Uruguay. Prior to graduate studies I served as a specialist for the United Nations in Uruguay.