Before embarking on a career in journalism, I was an academic. My research and teaching focused on the political economy of international development, with a regional emphasis on Latin America. While I no longer practice my trade, I do draw on my political science training in much of the work that I do.

I hold a Doctorate in Political Science from Stanford University, a Diplomado Superior in International Relations from FLACSO, Costa Rica and a Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish from Brown University. I was a faculty member at the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies at The University of Chicago and the Political Science Department at MIT.

Click here to see a selected list of my academic publications.

Click here to see my book, Defusing Democracy: Central Bank Autonomy and the Transition from Authoritarian Rule