I joined the Department of Politics and International Studies in September 2017 as an Assistant Professor in New Rising World Powers. I was nominated in 2018 for both the "Brilliant Newcomer" and "Student Experience" awards at the University of Warwick, and was highly commended for the latter. In 2019, I was shortlisted for "Research Contribution" at the university-wide level. In 2018, I was Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile. While my research is situated in International Relations, it draws heavily on historical sources and methods. I am a member of Warwick's Global History and Culture Centre. I am also an Affiliated Professor at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City. I previously taught at the University of Reading, CIDE, and American University’s School of International Service, where I completed my doctorate in 2013.
My research primarily focuses on U.S.-Latin American relations and the dynamics of asymmetry in IR, as well as topics related to emerging powers, Latin American politics, North America, and small states. My first book, Latin America Confronts the United States: Asymmetry and Influence, was published in late 2015 by Cambridge University Press and was named one of the best books of 2016 by Foreign Affairs. It is now out in paperback. My articles have appeared in journals including International Security, International Affairs, International Studies Review, Bulletin of Latin American Research, Latin American Research Review, Diplomatic History, and International Politics. I am currently working on projects related to Latin America in the post-WWII critical juncture, Latin America and "liberal international order," the influence of small states, and Colombian foreign policy. I chair the Robert A. Pastor North American Research Initiative.
I have done fieldwork in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, and the United States, supported by grants from the Fulbright Program, Tinker Foundation, British Council, the British Academy and Leverhulme Trust, and the Truman Library Institute. In August 2016, I was a visiting fellow at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro and in Spring 2017 at Universidad de los Andes in Bogota on multiple occasions.
More information about publications and projects can be found on my publications page.
In 2019-2020, I will be directing the third-year modules “Latin America: Democratisation and Development” and “International Relations of the Americas” (PO396 and PO397). For my work on these new modules in 2017-2018, I was "highly commended" in the University of Warwick Awards. I will also direct the MA modules “Examining Rising World Powers” and “Comparing Rising World Powers” (PO9B7 and PO9A9). I am a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy. In the past, I have taught classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels on U.S.-Latin American relations, U.S. foreign policy, Latin American politics, international organizations and global governance, International Relations theory (English and Spanish), and small states.