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I am an Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (Department of Government) and a senior research associate at the University of Zurich’s Department of Political Science. Prior to joining the LSE, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the UZH-ETH Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS), both at the Chair for Political Methodology at UZH’s Department of Political Science and the International Conflict Research (ICR) Group at ETH Zurich. I was also a predoctoral visiting fellow at the Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence at Yale University (New Haven, CT, USA).
My research examines the causes and consequences of state repression and political violence. I am currently working on a book project that explores the impact of state-led civilian victimization on subsequent patterns of wartime collective action and institutional change. I study these relationships with a particular focus on insurgent organizations and civilian communities. My work also investigates the role of non-state actors in the provision and transformation of political order, the intersections of political violence and organized crime, and the social and institutional legacies of state violence and armed conflict. Methodologically, I am particularly interested in issues related to the improvement of causal inference in observational studies and the identification and analysis of natural experiments. In addition to various quantitative methods for causal inference, my research draws on methodological strategies and tools from other disciplines, such as geographic information systems. My work’s primary geographic focus is on Latin America.
My dissertation on the consequences of wartime indiscriminate state violence was awarded the Prize for Excellence in Applied Development Research (1st prize, young researcher category) by the Research Group on Development Economics of the German Economic Association and the KfW Development Bank. It was also shortlisted for the Jean Blondel PhD Prize and received the SIAF Award 2015, the Prize for the Best PhD Thesis from the UZH Department of Political Science, and the Annual Award for Outstanding Scholarship from the University of Zurich’s Division for Humanities and Social Sciences.