I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah. My research focuses on institutions, regime and regime change in Latin America. My book "Resisting Backsliding: Opposition Strategies against the Erosion of Democracy". received LASA's Donna Lee Van Cott Award for best book in political institutions. The book studies opposition strategies against the erosion of democracy. Using the case of Alvaro Uribe in Colombia and Hugo Chávez in Venezuela, it analyzes how opposition strategic choices and goals can decisively affect the ability of executives with hegemonic aspirations to erode democracy.
I have also published in academic journals such as Comparative Politics, Democratization, Political Research Quarterly, Journal of Democracy, Latin America Research Review, Electoral Studies, Terrorism and Political Violence, and Colombia Internacional.