Research

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in International Relations and Comparative Politics. My research interests lie broadly at the intersection of international law, diplomacy and domestic politics. One area of my research focuses on the impact of international criminal law and institutions on domestic accountability. From this area comes my work with Geoff Dancy on the relation between International Criminal Court investigations and domestic prosecutions, which has appeared in the American Journal of International Law. 

A second area of interest, which I develop in my doctoral dissertation, examines changes to the international investment regime. The institutions governing international investment have been under severe scrutiny in recent years; as many are noting the ways in which the investor-state dispute settlement system of arbitration encroaches on governments' ability to adopt desirable regulations. This growing dissatisfaction has already moved beyond rhetoric and states have started to push back. This pushback, however, takes different forms. Some states terminate investment agreements, while others keep signing them. Moreover, the content of investment treaties has changed substantially over time as drafters pay more attention to the ways in which arbitrators interpret them. My goal is to explain these different modalities of participation within the investment regime and under what conditions states pursue one or the other. In this project, I take variation in legal content seriously, as it can tell us much about what states want and expect from international law.

I work under the supervision of Professors John R. Freeman and Ronald Krebs.

 

Other research projects

I also have an interest in applied research. For the period January - July 2017 I was Team Leader of a group of scholars in a grant from USAID to research what makes a human rights awareness campaign successful. In 2015 I took part in a project to produce social science-based applied research for Human Rights Watch, specifically about possibilities and limits of systematically using international and local media to detect instances of human rights violations. 

These projects were valuable opportunities to collaborate with colleagues from other fields and disciplines and to develop a sensitivity for the expectations and requirements of different audiences.

 

Teaching

Instructor

  • Human    Rights    in    International    Politics (Masters), Universidad    del    Salvador, 2012

Teaching assistant

  • International Law & Global Governance, University of Minnesota, 2018
  • Becoming Stupid: Anti Science in American Politics, University of Minnesota, 2018
  • History    of    International    Thought (Undergraduate), Universidad    del    Salvador, 2010
  • International    Relations    Theory (Undergraduate), Universidad    del    Salvador, 2009
  • Research    Methods    in    the    Social    Sciences (Undergraduate), Universidad    del    Salvador, 2007/8

I also frequently guest lecture on international law, institutions and foreign direct investment.