I consider my research agenda as an arc that began with wartime violence and continues on political order and peacebuilding. In my first book, I showed how institutions -- the introduction of democratic reforms -- shaped the behavior of both armed groups and civilians to explain how political cleansing became a feature of the Colombian civil war. Now I study the effects of that violence by focusing on civilian resettlement, peacebuilding and state-building.


Journal Articles

Under review & In progress

  • 2020. “Subnational Variation across States: A Typology and Research Agenda,” with Imke Harbers. Introduction to special issue "The Subnational State in Latin America," Forthcoming at Latin American Politics and Society.
  • 2019. “Civil War Victimization, Political Engagement, and Attitudes towards Peace,” with Helga Malmin Binningsbø, Marianne Dahl, Håvard Mokleiv Nygård, and Michael Weintraub.
  • 2017. “Illicit Behavior and the Foundations of State-building in Colombia,” with Rafael Ch, Jacob N. Shapiro, and Juan F. Vargas. Working paper.
  • 2012. “State-building, Counterinsurgency, and Development in Colombia,” with Jacob N. Shapiro. Presented at the Nuevas Perspectivas sobre la Violencia conference, Universidad de los Andes and Harvard University, Bogotá, May.
  • 2011. “Armed Group Defection in Civil War,” with Sarah Zukerman Daly. Prepared for the Annual American Political Science Association Conference, Seattle. August 24.
  • 2010. Overview of Demobilization, Disarmament, and Reintegration Programs and Amnesty/Justice Legal Framework in Colombia
  • 2007. “Massive Civilian Displacement in Civil War: Assessing Variation in Colombia.” Households in Conflict Working Paper 29.
  • 2007. “Settlement and Sovereignty: Rethinking State-building and War,” with Ryan Sheely. Paper prepared for the Annual Convention of the American Political Science Association. Chicago, IL.

Book Chapters

  • 2006. “Insecurity and Opportunity in Colombia: Linking Civil War and Human Trafficking,” in Karen Beeks and Delila Amir, Eds., Trafficking & the Global Sex Industry. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, Inc. pp 77-93.

Book Reviews

  • 2020. Review of The Commander's Dilemma: Violence and Restraint in Civil Wars (Cornell), by Amelia Hoover Green. International Affairs.
  • 2020. “Borderlands.” Review of Borderland Battles: Violence, Crime and Governance at the Edges of Colombia’s War (Oxford) by Annette Idler. Perspectives on Politics.
  • 2019. “The Strength of the Weapons of the Weak.” Review of Resisting War: How Communities Protect Themselves (Cambridge) by Oliver Kaplan. International Studies Review.
  • 2010. Comparative Political Studies. Review of John A. Booth and Mitchell Seligson. 2009. The Legitimacy Puzzle in Latin America: Political Support and Democracy in Eight Nations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.