I currently serve as a Senior Research Fellow for the Council on Hemispheric Affairs where I write about democracy, human rights, and security policy in Mexico. I have worked extensively on issues affecting freedom of expression in Mexico, including attacks on journalists in Veracruz and digital censorship concerns. My projects also include an effort to collect data on historical and current trends in violence against women in areas of Mexico affected by the drug war.
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.
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.