My research agenda is driven by a fascination with how civil society and the state work together to tackle complex public problems related to social exclusion.
The Politics behind New Institutions for Citizen Participation
In this research project, I examine the origins, construction, and impact of new state institutions that incorporate citizen participation into policymaking at the local level.
Building Participatory Institutions in Latin America: Reform Coalitions and Institutional Change. 2019. New York: Cambridge University Press.
“The Origins of Strong Institutional Design: Policy Reform and Participatory Institutions in Brazil’s Health Sector.” 2019. Comparative Politics 51(2): 275-294.
“Society-Driven Participatory Institutions: Lessons from Colombia’s Planning Councils.” 2019. Latin American Politics and Society 61(2): 93-114.
“The Politics of Participation in Latin America: New Actors and Institutions.” 2019. Introductory essay for special issue of Latin American Politics and Society 61(2): 1-20. (With Jessica Rich and Alfred Montero)
“How Do Legal Strategies Advance Accountability? Evaluating Mechanisms in Colombia.” 2020. Journal of Development Studies 56(8): 1437-1454. (With Veronica Herrera)
“Delegate Democracy Revisited: Colombia’s Surprising Resilience.” 2016. Journal of Democracy 27(3): 139-147.
“Brazil’s Participatory Infrastructure: Opportunities and Limitations for Inclusion.” 2021. In The Inclusionary Turn in Latin American Democracies, eds. Diana Kapiszewski, Steven Levitsky, and Deborah Yashar. New York: Cambridge University Press. (With Jessica Rich)
Urban Security and Social-Citizenship Rights of Marginalized Groups
In an ongoing research project, I examine the politics behind state raids to advance security in Latin American city centers, and their impacts on the rights of street-connected youth and people experiencing homelessness.
“The Power of Human Rights Frames in Urban Security: Lessons from Bogotá.” Forthcoming. Comparative Politics.
- Winner, 2020 LASA Defense, Public Security and Democracy Best Paper by a Junior Section Member Award
- Winner, 2020 LASA Subnational Politics and Society Best Paper Award