My research focuses on the political causes and consequences of criminal governance and criminal violence, in particular: the impact of transitional justice on the levels of violent crime in new democracies / transitional societies; the impact of criminal territorial and population control in marginalized urban neighborhoods over political processes, such as elections; the conditions that enable criminal groups and politicians to cooperate in order to shape electoral outcomes in urban peripheries; the determinants of police militarization in Brazil; and how public opinion shapes police violence.
Latin America, Brazil, Colombia
German, English, Spanish, Portuguese
2018- “Criminalized Electoral Politics in Brazilian Urban Peripheries.” Crime, Law, and Social Change, 69(4): 553–575.
2018 - “Breaking State Impunity in Post-Authoritarian Regimes. Why Transitional Justice Mechanisms Deter Criminal Violence in New Democracies.” Journal of Peace Research, 55(6), 787-809. With Guillermo Trejo and Lucia Tiscornia.
Forthcoming - “Determinants of State Strength and Capacity: Understanding Citizen Allegiance.” In: Challenges for Peace and Transitional Justice in Colombia, eds. James Meernik and Jacqueline DeMeritt. New York: Cambridge University Press. With Sarah Zukerman Daly.