My incursion into academia followed several years working on development issues for several international organizations. I began my professional career working for UNICEF in my home country of Bolivia. After my studies in the UK at the University of Glasgow , possible through the generous Chevening Scholarship of the British government, I moved to Washington D.C. and worked for several organizations, including the U.N. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-ECLAC) and the Organization of American States (OAS), where I was the Coordinator of the Institutional Building and Municipal Development Program at the Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development (IACD-OAS).
In 2009 I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Cambridge. While I finished my doctoral work I was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and later on a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Tulane University in New Orleans, before joining ECSU.
My primary field of research is political economy in developing countries, but I put particular attention to Latin America and my beloved country Bolivia. I am mostly interested in institutional development and key aspects of political economy, such as the notion of the welfare state, but I am also interested in issues of democratization and socio-political development.