I am an assistant professor in the School of Political Science, Government, and International Relations at Universidad del Rosario, Bogota, Colombia.

I earned my PhD in political science from Northwestern University in June 2016. I successfully defended my dissertation entitled "When the State Minds the Gap: The Politics of Subnational Inequality in Social Development" before a committee composed by James Mahoney, Ana Arjona, and Edward Gibson. 
My dissertation asks about subnational disparities in social development. In concrete, I answer why are some countries more successful than others at reducing the subnational inequality in education and health. I suggest that a combination of empowered technocrats, weakened subnational elites, and resources lead to equalization across territory. I develop and test this theory using qualitative methods, although I also employ econometrics for some parts of the argument. In concrete, I mix controlled comparisons with process-tracing of health and education in Colombia and Peru.

Before starting my PhD, I did research on governance, clientelism, politics of transport infrastructure and sexual violence in wartime. I graduated from Universidad de los Andes in 2006 and worked for Cinep (Centro de Investigación y Educación Popular) for 5 years.