I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Latin American Centre. I am also an Associate Researcher at the Chilean Institute for the Study of Local Governments (ICHEM). My current position at the LAC (2018-19) includes doing research, organising academic events, and teaching.
I initially trained as a psychologist at Universidad Diego Portales and Universidad de Chile in Santiago, Chile. I then worked as a market research consultant for a couple of years, also in Chile. During 2016-17, I was a Principal Academic Researcher at ICHEM, Universidad Autónoma de Chile, and an Adjunct Professor at Universidad Católica de Chile’s Political Science Institute.
I hold degrees in sociology from the London School of Economics (MSc) and the University of Oxford (DPhil). My doctoral dissertation explained why and how Chilean underprivileged urban residents have sustained mobilisation during the past thirty years.
More broadly, I focus on Latin American societies to study how people pursue social change by strengthening democracy at the local level. Theoretically, my research focuses on urban social movements, citizenship, Latin American studies, political and social exclusion, democratic governance, public accountability, and political clientelism.
My work has been published (or is forthcoming) in edited volumes by Springer and Rowman and Littlefield, and in journals such as Global Dialogue, Revista Iberoamericana de Estudios Municipales (