Collegiate Affiliation

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science. I am passionate about researching what drives individuals to prefer autocratic forms of government. My focus is on the link between personality traits, environmental stimuli, and people's support (or rejection of ) autocratic forms of governance. Although my research is focused on Latin America—mostly a product of growing up in a small Latin American country that has had a troubling history with democracy—I seek to build a theory that is holistic and generalizable.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • Ph.D (c): Political Science, University of Minnesota, 2022 (expected)
  • M.A: Political Science, University of Minnesota, 2019
  • B.A.: International Relations & Political Science, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, 2013


  • Comparative Politics
  • Political Psychology
  • Latin American politics