I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in August 2019. I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow within the SCRIPTS Cluster of Excellence at the Free University Berlin. My research centers on gender and politics in Latin America, with a specific emphasis on party politics, religious institutions, and social movements. My dissertation project, Party Competition, the Catholic Church and Moral Gender Policy in Mexico analyzes Latin America’s puzzling variation in reproductive health and family policy through an empirical focus on subnational Mexico.
I completed twelve months of dissertation fieldwork in the capitals of four Mexican states—Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Yucatán and Mexico City—in the fall of 2016. I have also conducted field research in Montevideo, Uruguay. A paper focusing on the inter-and intraparty politics of moral policy through an examination of the process of decriminalizing abortion in Uruguay is currently under review. Beyond these projects, I also have an interest in gender violence, in particular reproductive violence, femicide, and violence against sexual minorities. A chapter on the incarceration of women for abortion-related crimes in Mexico was recently published in the edited volume Gender, Global Health, and Violence, eds. Catia Confortini and Tiina Vaittinen, Rowman and Littlefield 2019.
I hold a B.A. in Development Studies from the Department of Government at Uppsala University and a Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My work has appeared in Development and Change.