I study ordinary people's participation in politics and violence during and after civil wars. I am interested in the social and scientific processes of counting, locating, naming, and memorializing the dead following wars and atrocities, and how these efforts mediate political relations between citizens and the state. I completed my Ph.D. in political science at Georgetown University in 2017.
I am a Lecturer in the Escuela de Gobierno de la Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, where I teach courses on post-war peacebuilding, international relations, and public policy. I also teach research methods in the Department of Political Science at Los Andes.
During 2014-2016, as a postdoctoral researcher at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, I formed part of a research team committed to studying nonviolent action in violent settings. While I am in the field, I collaborate with the Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team (EPAF). I enjoy conducting research with colleagues from different disciplines and believe in our efforts to ask and answer questions about political and social realities.
In my dissertation, I examined how civilians in democracies participate in rebel groups' ideas and violent acts, and how they perceive their options for political expression and resistance in general. I spent over ten months in the field in two countries - India and Peru - in throbbing cities and quiet villages and the roads that connect them. I conducted interviews with former left party leaders, activists, and peasants, and spent time in areas affected by wartime violence. I studied local and national documents in the archives and developed an ethnography of the ways that people understand their participation in a range of political activities, from protests and voting to civil resistance and seeking justice.
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