I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Politics in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My research centers on legislative institutions, social policy and the Catholic Church in Latin America, with a particular focus on gender and politics. My dissertation project, “Exchanging Legitimacy, Preserving Hegemony: Party Competition, the Catholic Church and 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 party determinants of Uruguay’s legalization of abortion in 2012 is currently under review.
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.