Research Skills and Experience

Museo Botero in Bogotá, Colombia


Pre-dissertation Fieldwork (second round): Spent approximately two months (end of July- beginning of October) conducting semi-structured interviews with international and local non-governmental organizations, elected and appointed government officials in Bogotá, Cali, and Bucaramanga, Colombia.

Graduate Student Research Assistantship: (January- present) Assisted Dr. Eve Darian-Smith with the formation, curriculum development, and official departmentalization of the International Studies Department and the BA, MA, and PhD programs at the University of California, Irvine.

Research Assistantship: (May—July) Assisted Dr. Heidi Hardt on a project that will result in research and scholarly publications on women’s participation and effectiveness in the security and defense sector; an on-site and online gender awareness and sexual harassment training course tailored for civilian and military NATO staff; and a gender awareness handbook for all NATO practitioners. NATO’s Emerging Security Challenges Division has awarded Dr. Hardt more than $210,000 through its Science for Peace & Security Programme for the project.


Pre-dissertation Fieldwork: Spent two months (July-August) conducting qualitative interviews with elected and appointed officials as well as directors and staff of national and international NGOs in Bogotá and Medellín, Colombia. Accessed CINEP’s archives as well as the archives at the Centre for National and History Memory in Bogotá, Colombia.

Medellín, Colombia from metro cable


Honors Thesis: A comparative political case study examining the indigenous social movements in Guatemala and Peru that led to changes in the political arena entitled; Social Movements and their Impact on Modern-Day Democracies: A Comparative Case Study in Guatemala and Peru. Research conducted under the supervision of Dr. Aleksandra Nesic, Department of International Affairs, FSU. Included fieldwork in Iquitos, Peru and the surrounding region under the supervision of Dr. Juan Carlos Galeano, Department of Comparative Literature, FSU.


Research Assistant: Conducted research regarding the moral framing of news sources about drone strikes in Pakistan. Assisted Dr. Stephen E. McDowell, School of Communications, FSU.

Research Skills:

Proficient with R, SPSS, and Latex

Language Skills:

English- native

Spanish- fluent

Portuguese- intermediate reading proficiency

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