Her research specializes in comparative politics with an emphasis on urban planning and state capacity in Latin America. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on qualitative research methods, comparative public policy, U.S.-Latin American foreign relations, and women in politics.

She is the author of numerous articles on violence and security policies, urban planning, citizenship, and nationalism in Latin America.

Women's Studies, Political Science
PhD, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Political Science, 2009
BA, Gustavus Adolphus College, Spanish and Political Science, 2001
political science