Welcome. I am a Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies. I’ve previously lectured at the Technische Universität Dresden’s Center for International Studies and have consulted on a project with the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California Davis. My PhD is from the University of Illinois, where my dissertation won 2018 Burkholder Award for Best Dissertation in the Political Science department of the University of Illinois.
I study effectiveness of international institutions and law especially in the areas of security, trade, and human rights. More broadly, my areas of study have been International Relations, Methodology, Comparative Politics and Latin American Politics. I conducted my field research in Brazil in the Federal House of Deputies. My dissertation focused on compliance with supranational law, using UN Security Council resolutions as my principle case.
I have extensive experience in data analysis and training. I worked as a statistics consultant, at the Applied Technologies of the Arts and Science (ATLAS), at the University of Illinois from 2013-2015. I also served Methods TA in Political Science in 2015, providing assistance and expertise both to undergraduate and graduate students. At TU Dresden, I designed and taught a course introducing students to data science tools and statistical analysis for political research.
I have been awarded the Fulbright Fellowship (Argentina 2008), Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (2009-2011), Nelle Signor Travel Fellowship (Brazil 2011) and have participated in specialized workshops including the Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models (2010), Public Policy and Nuclear Threats (2013), the Berkeley Institute for Transparency in the Social Sciences (2015) workshops, the Zurich Summer School for Women in Political Methodology (2017), and the Lorentz Workshop: Empirical Research on International Organizations (2018).
Previously to my academic career, I’ve worked at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security in chemical and biological export controls and have worked in lithium-ion battery failure diagnostics at the Chemical Engineering Division of Argonne National Laboratory.
PhD in Political Science, 2016
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Masters of Political Science, 2010
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaigy
BS in Chemistry, Spanish, 2004
Instructor at TU Dresden:
International Regimes and Organization (2017, 2018) International institutions’ numbers have grown tremendously over the course of the last century. These institutions bridge national boundaries to target problems in a diverse set of areas including security, human rights, the environment, and trade. This seminar will introduce students to the concepts of global governance as borne out in these issue areas. The course will focus on identifying patterns in institution creation, goals, organizational structure, compliance, and enforcement mechanisms. Additionally, students will become familiar with organizational structure and inner workings of international institutions, as well as analyses of their effectiveness.
Introduction to Data Science and Statistics for Political Analysis (2018) The use of quantitative analyses to inform our understanding of political phenomena has dramatically increased in recent decades. Experience with data handling, visualization, and analyses can help scholars gain new insights about their area of study, and be able to evaluate other quantitative work critically. This seminar will introduce students to concepts and best practices in data gathering, manipulation, visualization, and analysis, using the popular open source statistical software, R. Students will develop their own analysis project, ideally focusing on current political events, to walk through these steps themselves. The experience should give them insights into quantitative work that they see and should give them a solid foundation to pursue further statistical or data science work should they desire.
Instructor at University of Illinois:
Teaching Assistant at University of Illinois: