5845 S Ellis Ave.            Gates-Blake 333.

Chicago, IL. 60637.


I am a Collegiate Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago, and affiliated faculty member of the Political Science department. I have a PhD in Political Science (University of Chicago, 2017), where I specialized on comparative politics, with a focus on democratization, corruption, and judicial accountability, as well as quantitative research methods. 

I am currently working on a book project, "Corrupting Accountability." In it, I develop a theory that explains judicial prosecution of corrupt politicians as a product of elite competition. I test my theory using an original dataset of judicial processes opened against Mexican governors.

I am also interested in the role of information and deceit when administering justice: I am currently co-authoring a paper with Monika Nalepa on blackmail after democratization, and another one with Yuna Blajer de la Garza on the use of transparently phony charges.

I have extensive teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate level. I have taught in the Social Science Inquiry core sequence at the University of Chicago, which introduces students to the practice of research in social sciences, including statistical methods. From 2013 to 2017 I served as a preceptor for the Committee on International Relations (CIR) also at the University of Chicago.

I have also collaborated with the Stigler Center at the Booth School of Business (led by Guy Rolnik and Luigi Zingales) tracking campaign finance money

Before coming to the UofC, I finished a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico city.