I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Columbia University specializing in comparative politics and international political economy. I write on the politics of property rights in the postcolonial world, with a regional focus in Latin America. In my work, I combine statistical methods—including spatial and network analysis—with comparative historical research and extensive fieldwork.
My dissertation and book project investigates the emergence of individual property rights in contexts of limited state capacity. This work examines how the demise of the Atlantic slave trade in Imperial Brazil (1822-1889) encouraged a powerful class of plantation owners to renounce customary privileges from the colonial era and support the introduction of freehold tenure. Empirically, I draw on a novel, untapped body of archival evidence that includes notary public documents, church inventories of slaves, parliamentary transcripts, and biographical records of prominent elites.
In other projects, I study episodes of distributive conflict over natural resource wealth, dynamics of contention in rural areas, the political economy of environmental protection, and distributive politics in authoritarian regimes.
Prior to studying at Columbia, I was a graduate fellow at Argentina’s National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) and worked as a legislative staff at the Argentine Senate. I received an M.A. in Political Science from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella and a B.A. in Political Science from Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina.