Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Florida International University, my research focuses on comparative politics. I am particularly interested in two main areas: political institutions and trust in emerging democracies, especially in Latin America; and the politics of disaster. Since 2019, I have been a Fellow at the Extreme Events Institute, and I direct a multi-country NSF-funded project on disaster policy and politics in the Americas.

I offer undergraduate courses on comparative politics, Latin American politics, and political violence. My thematic graduate courses focus on public opinion and political culture, political institutions, and disaster research. I also teach graduate seminars in Area Studies (drawing on interdisciplinary perspectives), as well as discipline-centered courses such as the Foundations of Political Science and the Core Seminar in Comparative Politics.

I received my PhD from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2002, hold an MA from York University and a BA from McGill University, all in Political Science.