About me

I have a PhD from the UCL Security Science Doctoral Research Training Centre (UCL SECReT). My thesis focused on the victimisation patterns of extortion against Mexican businesses.

My research interests focus on crime in Mexico and other developing countries, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean—with particular attention to extortion against businesses and other organised crimes. My research is mainly quantitative, based on a solid analytical foundation that leverages modern advances in statistics and data science. Other interests are environmental criminology, organised crime, quantitative criminology, and victimisation surveys.

Currently, I am a Teaching Fellow for Latin America and the Caribbean at the UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science, where I contribute to designing and delivering professional development courses to police and security professionals in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as conduct research on crime and security in the LAC region.

I previously worked in Mexico’s Ministry of the Interior, the federal department responsible for public security. There I was part of a government-led effort to promote scientific research on security. Later, and in the same Ministry, I became a policy advisor to the Head of the Strategic Planning Unit, where I contributed to the current National Program for Public Security, among other responsibilities.

I hold a Master’s degree in Public Policy and a BA in Communication Science from the Tecnológico de Monterrey.