About me

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I am a Ph.D candidate in Economics and Politics at Claremont Graduate University (expected graduation Spring, 2019). My research fields are in development economics and political economy. I look at the intersection between politics and economics in developing countries, particularly in Latin America and Africa.

I hold a M.S. in economics and I obtained my M.A. in international studies from the University of Montreal. I have participated as an external consultant to the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., and to the Inter-American Foundation.

My research covers a broad range of topics related to development. I have experience with quantitative and qualitative research and I find particularly interesting the use of interdisciplinary methods that facilitate the comprehension of phenomena in environments where data is scarce.

For my dissertation, I focus on the interaction between state capacity and economic development, with emphasis on the DRC and Mexico.  Since 2017, I’ve had the opportunity to do fieldwork in Congo, an experience that has changed my life and my way to look at development.

This fieldwork is the result of my participation as a junior researcher for the ODI/SLRC project in the DRD, in which along with my team Dr. Pierre Englebert and Lisa Piergallini, I look at the political and economic effects of decentralization and découpage in the country.

I am also collaborating on a project  sponsored by the World Bank to look at the formation of aspirations in rural Senegal.

I enjoy teaching and interacting with students. I  have experience in courses in both, economics and politics at the undergraduate and graduate level.