BIENVENIDO, WELCOME!

 
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MY BIO

I received my PhD from the School of Government and Public Policy at UArizona. My research uses computational social science approaches and causal inference techniques to study corruption and violence in Latin America. In my dissertation I explore the institutional and political constraints of state audit agencies in Mexico. It evaluates which mayors are most likely to be sanctioned by state auditors based on political linkages. In my broader research agenda I use natural language processing and machine learning to extract information from Spanish language text.

 

EDUCATION

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August 2016 - May 2021

PHD IN GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC POLICY, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

Dissertation: Accounting for Corruption:Evaluating State Audit Agencies in Mexico

Committee: Edella Schlager (Chair), Javier Osorio (Co-Chair), Brint Milward

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August 2016 - May 2018

MA IN GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC POLICY, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

Advisor: Edella Schlager

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August 2011 - June 2015

LICENCIADO EN POLÍTICAS PÚBLICAS, UNIVERSIDAD AUTÓNOMA DE SINALOA

Graduated top of class
International Exchange Student: The University of New Mexico, 2013-2014
International Exchange Student: The Washington Center, 2014

 

PUBLICATIONS

ENHANCING THE DETECTION OF CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS IN MEXICO USING ML AND NLP

July 2020

With Javier Osorio. In this paper we generate a geo-referenced database on the violent presence of Mexican Criminal Organizations between 2000-2018. We use NLP and Machine learning to classify over 150,000 Spanish articles. Published in the proceedings of IJCNN at the World Conference on Computational Intelligence 2020.

SUPERVISED EVENT CODING FROM TEXT WRITTEN IN ARABIC: INTRODUCING HADATH

May 2020

With Javier Osorio, Alejandro Reyes, & Atal Ahmadzai. In this article we introduces Hadath, a supervised protocol for coding event data from text written in Arabic. Using Machine Learning and NLP we classify over 100,000 articles in Arabic and extract information on conflict in Afghanistan from 2008 through 2018.

CIUDADES, DESARROLLO URBANO, Y AUTONOMÍA FINANCIERA: DILEMAS PARA LA GOBERNANZA LOCAL EN MEXICO

December 2017

With Mercedes Verdugo López. In this book we analyze the relationship between fiscal decentralization and good governance for municipalities in Mexico.

 
 

SKILLS

Native Spanish
Native English
Read Portuguese

R / Python
Natural Language Processing
Machine Learning
Causal Inference
Network Analysis

Project Management
Budgeting
Goal Driven
Team Leader

 
 

CODE

See projects on GitHub

OCR PDF to TXT

InSight Crime Crawler

Sample Text Classifier

 

FEATURED

SICSS-DUKE

POLITICAL SCIENCE NOW