I am an Assistant Professor at Utah State University. My research focuses on institutions, regime and regime change in Latin America. My book project studies the circumstances under which presidents successfully introduce constitutional reforms that increase their powers and extend their time in office effectively eroding democracy. In particular, I focus on the cases of Hugo Chávez in Venezuela and Alvaro Uribe in Colombia. The first article out of this project is forthcoming in Comparative Politics.
I am also interested in party politics, voting behavior, research design, quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods. I am currently working on a project that uses experiments to understand the effects of corruption in voting behavior in Colombia, Argentina and México.
I received my PhD from the University of Notre Dame. I have a B.A. with Honors in History from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.