I am currently a Program Officer at the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego, where my work deals with issues of freedom of expression, violence against journalists, and transparency in Mexico and Central America.
I received my Ph.D. in History at the University of California, San Diego in 2014 and a B.A. in History and Spanish from Bowdoin College in 2005. Prior to beginning my Ph.D., I worked as a Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs. I have lived in Chile and Mexico and I maintain an active interest in contemporary Latin American politics.
My academic research concentrates on questions of clientelism, cooptation, and corruption in 20th-Century Mexico, focusing on the informal control mechanisms of Mexico’s “soft authoritarian” regime. Using a case study of the public bus transportation industry, I examine the role mid-level intermediaries and small entrepreneurs played in sustaining the single-party Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) system. This work explores important questions about the political culture of the regime, as well as continuity and change over the PRI’s 71-year rule. I have received support for this project from a Fulbright-Hays grant, as well as a number of U.C. San Diego research centers including the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies, the Institute for International, Comparative and Area Studies, and the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies.