This line of my research aims to provide solutions to lawlessness and violence. I partner with governments, non-state actors, communities, and NGOs to evaluate programs and policies designed to contain violence, reduce victimization and human right abuses, and improve both the quality and accountability of the police and criminal justice systems.

Warriors and Vigilantes as Police Officers: Evidence from a Field Experiment with Body Cameras in Rio de Janeiro" (with Vanessa melo and Gustavo Robles) (2023) Cambridge Journal of Evidence-Based Policing
"Institutionalized Police Brutality: Torture, the Militarization of Security, and the Reform of Inquisitorial Criminal Justice in Mexico" with Luis Rodriguez, American Political Science Review, August 2020
Killing in the Slums: Social Order, Criminal Governance and Police Violence in Rio de Janeiro (May 2020) (with Edgar Franco and Vanessa Melo) Winner of the 2021 Heinz I. Eulau Award for the best article published in American Political Science Review

Winner of the 2021 Heinz I. Eulau Award for the best article published in American Political Science Review

"Living in Fear: The Dynamics of Extortion in Mexic's Drug War" (2020) Comparative Political Studies Comparative Political Studies. Jun;53(7):1124-74 (with Gustiovo Robles, Aila Matanock, Vidal Romero and Alberto Diaz-Cayeros)
"The beheading of criminal organizations and the dynamics of violence in Mexico." Journal of Conflict Resolution 59, no. 8 (2015): 1455-1485 (with Gabriela Calderón, Gustavo Robles, and Alberto Díaz-Cayeros).
"How the Mexican Drug War Affects Kids and Schools: Evidence on effects and mechanisms" International Journal of Educational Development, 51 (2016), 135-146 (with Brenda Jarillo, Edgar Franco and Gustavo Robles).
"The Mexican War on Drugs: Crime and the Limits of Government Persuasion." International Journal of Public Opinion Research Vol. 27 No. 1 (2015) (with Vidal Romero and Alberto Diaz-Cayeros.)
"Presidential Approval and Public Security in Mexico's War on Crime." (2016) Latin American Politics and Society 58.2: 100-123 (with Vidal Romero and Alberto Diaz-Cayeros).
"Torture as a Method of Criminal Investigation: the case of Mexico," (2018) Politica y Gobierno vol.25 no.2 (with Ana Laura Magaloni and Zaira Razu)

Selected Book Chapters
“Caught in the crossfire: the geography of extortion and police corruption in Mexico." In in Rose-Ackerman S, Lagunes P, editors. Greed, Corruption, and the Modern State: Essays in Political Economy (2015): 252 (with Alberto Diaz-Cayeros and Vidal Romero).
“The Impact of Violence in the Mexican 2012 Presidential Elections." In Jorge Dominguez et al Mexico Evolving Democracy. Johns Hopkins University Press (2014) (with Edgar Franco and Jorge Olarte).

"Mexico in the Grip of Violence" in Current History, February 2016 (with Zaira Razu)
La Raíz del Miedo: ¿Por qué es la percepción de riesgo más grande que las tasas de victimización?" en Las bases sociales del crimen organizado y la violencia en México, José Antonio Aguilar eds