Dissertation Book Project: Peripheral State-Building and Security in Latin America

What explains contemporary variation in rural insecurity in Latin America? Twentieth century Latin American states undertook diverse processes of peripheral administration, which included partnering with elite and non-elite local actors to co-produce local administration.

My project asks, how do politics shape the peripheral incorporation and administration strategies of partisan elites, and what are the consequences of these peripheral administration strategies for long-term security?

To answer these questions, I employ a multi-method approach, drawing on qualitative and quantitative evidence from Bolivia and Mexico.