I am currently a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for Social Media and Politics at NYU. In Fall 2023, I will join the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University as an Assistant Professor in Computational Social Science. I worked previously as a Researcher at @Twitter.

I am a computational social scientist exploring substantive issues on political communication and political behavior. My substantive work in political communication focuses on content activation, news sharing, misinformation, and polarization on social media. I explore these issues primarily in Latin American countries. Methodologically, I am interested in online field and survey experiments, network models to deal with big data, and applications of natural language processing to social science problems. My comparative political behavior work explores issues of criminal violence and inequality in Latin America.

My research has been published in the Journal of Communication, International Journal of Press/Politics, Electoral Studies, Digital Journalism, Journal of Elections Public Opinion and Parties, Latin American Politics and Society, The Journal of Quantitative Description (Digital Media), and The SAGE Handbook of Research Methods in Political Science and International Relations

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  • 2018-06-01
    Summer Institute in Computational Social Science (SICSS), Princeton 2019.
  • 2018-01-07
    Empirical Implications of ‘eoretical Methods (EITM), Summer Institute, 2019, Emory
  • 2017-06-01
    EITM Certification Scholarship: Full Tuition to attend the ICPSR Summer School


  • Political Communication
  • Political Behavior
  • Computational Social Science

Research Topics

  • Methodology
  • Comparative Politics
Graduate Students Methods Representative 2018-2019
Dean's Graduate Student Advisory Council (DGSAC) 2017-2019
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