I am a doctoral candidate in Comparative Politics and International Relations in the Political Science Department at Columbia University in New York. I have been the recipient of a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant in Political Science, and developed a successful EGAP Metaketa grant for a field experiment measuring the impact of community-led forest monitoring on deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon.
My research focuses on two areas related to my professional experience working in human rights and environmental law. The first investigates the intersection of law and politics, paying special attention to the power of legal rights to promote political engagement and mobilize participation. My doctoral dissertation studies these effects in the specific case of formal property rights to land in the countryside of Peru and Colombia, including an ambitious land restitution project aimed at victims of forced displacement in Colombia.
The second focus examines environmental politics and the political economy of environmental protection. Current research projects include studying how political distortions affect the designation of protected areas, approval of environmental clearances, and siting decisions for coal plants.
I am also a lawyer and a graduate cum laude from Harvard Law School. My professional portfolio includes international litigation related to human rights, indigenous peoples' rights, and environmental protection. I have published policy reports on the legal implications of climate change and large development projects. My regional focus is Latin America where I have researched, worked, and lived for over 9 years.