“Repression and Mobilization in Civil War: The Consequences of State Violence for Wartime Collective Action”  Defended with highest honors at the University of Zurich.

Committee: Dieter Ruloff (University of Zurich), Lars-Erik Cederman (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich), Stathis N. Kalyvas (Yale University), Elisabeth J. Wood (Yale University).

* Prize for Excellence in Applied Development Research
* UZH Annual Award for Outstanding Scholarship
* Best PhD Thesis in Political Science UZH
* SIAF Award 2015
* Shortlisted for the Jean Blondel PhD Prize

Publications and Selected Work in Progress

“Militias in Civil Wars” (with Corinna Jentzsch and Stathis N. Kalyvas), Introduction to Special Issue on Militias in Civil Wars, Journal of Conflict Resolution, 2015, 59(5): 755-769.

“International Conventions and Non-State Actors: Selection, Signaling and Reputation Effects” (with Kristian S. Gleditsch, Simon Hug, and Julian Wucherpfennig), Journal of Conflict Resolution (forthcoming).

“Ideology in Armed Groups” (with Matt Zelina). PS: Political Science & Politics (forthcoming).

“State Violence and Counterinsurgent Collective Action: Evidence from Peru.” Revise and Resubmit at Journal of Politics.

“One for All? State Violence and Insurgent Cohesion.” Revise and Resubmit at International Organization. Featured in the Monkey Cage (Washington Post).

“Civil War and Democracy: The Case of Colombia” (with Abbey Steele). Revise and Resubmit at Conflict Management and Peace Science.

“Vigiliante Mobilization and Local Order: Evidence from Mexico” (with Javier Osorio and Michael Weintraub). Winner of the MPSA Best Paper by Emerging Scholar(s) Award.

“Disappearing Dissent? Repression and State Consolidation in Mexico” (with Javier Osorio and Michael Weintraub). Revise and Resubmit at Journal of Peace Research.

“Historical Legacies of Conflict: From the Cristero Rebellion to the Emergence of Self-defense Forces in Mexico”‘ (with Javier Osorio and Michael Weintraub). Revise and Resubmit at Comparative Political Studies.

“Civilian Victimization and Forced Recruitment” (with Simon Hug). Working Paper.

Book Project

“State Violence and Wartime Collective Action.”

Special Journal Issue

Special Issue on “Militias in Civil Wars” (co-editor, with Corinna Jentzsch and Stathis N. Kalyvas), Journal of Conflict Resolution, 2015, 59(5).


“Violence, Governance, and Reconciliation: The Peruvian Armed Conflict in Comparative Perspective” (with David Sulmont). Revise and Resubmit.

Project Grants (Research Ongoing)

“Inequality and Pro-Social Attitudes in Peru” (with Abbey Steele and Seiki Tanaka), LSE RIIF seed fund & UvA staff fund.

“Attitudes Towards Civilian Killings in War” (with Janina Dill), LSE Sticerd.

“Civilian Victimization and Conflict Escalation” (with Lars-Erik Cederman, Simon Hug, and Marcelo Olarreaga), Swiss Network for International Studies.

“`El aqua vale más que el oro:’ Mining and Social Protest in Latin America” (with Simon Bornschier, Marco Steenbergen, and Manuel Vogt), Swiss National Science Foundation.