I am an assistant professor in the School of International, Political, and Urban Studies 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.

In the past few years I have been working on several projects. Rebel Roads (with Simón Uribe and Isabel Peñaranda) asks about the hundreds of roads that former rebel group FARC built or sponsored in its areas of operation; Divergent Urban Inequalities, which asks about the causes of divergent trajectories of income inequality in four Colombian cities; and Subnational Policies for the Containment of Covid-19 in Latin America, as part of the Observatory for the Containment of Covid-19 in the Americas of University of Miami.