My research focuses on historical and contemporary political economy, with an emphasis on how states administer rural and peripheral areas, and the implications of these administration strategies for socially important outcomes, such as violence, access to land, and environmental conservation. My primary region of focus is Latin America. My work applies a multi-method approach, combining original data collection for regression-style designs with qualitative strategies in historical and case analysis.

I have ongoing research in the following areas:

Political Economy of Land

Violence and Informal Institutions

Gang Violence

Vaccine Politics