I am currently a Research Associate at the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego, where my work primarily deals with freedom of expression and gender violence in Mexico. I manage our project on transparency, and threats to journalists and activists, and a research project collecting 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. I currently serve as a Senior Research Fellow for the Council on Hemispheric Affairs.
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.