PhD Candidate in Political Science, Rutgers University

Welcome. I am a doctoral candidate with the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University. My area of specialization is Women & Politics and my secondary areas of specialization include Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Human Rights. My primary research interests include social and religious movements, countermovements, peace negotiations and agreements, Latin America, gender mainstreaming, transitional justice, populism, and qualitative methodology. I received my M.A. from the University of Chicago in Latin American Studies in 2006 and hold a graduate certificate in Women and Gender Studies from Rutgers University.

My dissertation analyzes Colombia’s unprecedented attempt to formally incorporate gender and LGBTQ+ perspectives into its 2016 peace agreement and the resistance that emerged in response to these efforts. I seek to understand whose interests are served in peacemaking, how and when do peace negotiations incorporate marginalized voices, and under what conditions do these processes thrive or fail.

My recent publication, “Unpacking Gender Ideology and the Global Right’s Anti-Gender Countermovement” situates global anti-gender campaigns within countermovement theory and examines the salient counterstrategies that employ ‘gender ideology’ rhetoric to mobilize against gender and LGBTQ+ inclusive policy. This article was published in the Spring 2019 issue of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society.

In my next publication “Assessing the Strategies and Impact of Anti-Gender Campaigns on Colombia’s 2016 Peace Accords,” which is under review,I examine the strategies of the conservative forces that came together to undermine the enfoque de género within Colombia’s 2016 peace agreement.