Welcome! I am a PhD candidate in Government at Cornell University. My research focuses on law and society, social movements, and human rights.
My dissertation explores the causes of legal mobilization for socioeconomic rights in Colombia and South Africa, two countries that underwent progressive constitutional reform in the 1990s, despite different state structures, different party systems, and different historical legacies. Within each country, the occurrence and impacts of legal mobilization vary across socioeconomic issue areas. The project asks two questions, what accounts for legal mobilization to advance social citizenship claims, and why do individuals use legal strategies for some claims, but not others? Building on existing studies of law and mobilization, this project highlights the key role of beliefs in determining where and how individuals and social movements mobilize around socioeconomic rights.
From July 2016 to May 2017, I will be conducting my dissertation fieldwork in Colombia, and from July to December 2017, I will be in South Africa.