I am a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Virginia. My research interests include cultural-economic sociology, political sociology and social memory studies. My work examines how societies come to terms with violent pasts and other major disruptions of the social order and how, through the mobilization of narratives and economic resources, they address suffering. In my dissertation, I investigate how the Colombian and Peruvian states value suffering and develop institutional channels to offer reparations to victims of human rights violations related with armed conflict.
I have been the recipient of a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant in Law and Social Sciences, and a International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Sciences Research Council to support my dissertation research in Colombia and Peru. I am originally from Bogotá, Colombia.