My research focuses on patterns of criminal interaction with the public sphere, such as coercion, terror, extortion, and legitimacy-building. My dissertation project examines narco-messages in Mexico. These are a primarily urban phenomenon; messages generally appear in areas where they are likely to receive substantial (formal and informal) media coverage. My methodological tendencies are towards qualitative and interpretive methods.
Central America, Latin America, Mexico
From the Cuartel to the Cartel: Linking Military Origins to Violent Outcomes for Criminal Groups (under review)