While writing my PhD, I discovered my passion for Peace Research. I have a background in Political Science and Sociology. My research interests include peacebuilding, institutional change, policy making, critical security studies, security sector reforms, intercultural studies and Central American studies.
In September 2016, I completed my PhD in Peace Studies at the University of Bradford, UK. In my thesis, entitled ‘Striving for security: State responses to violence under the FMLN government in El Salvador 2009-2014’, I analysed police and prison reforms in El Salvador, arguing that security policy making results to a significant extent from elite power struggles.
I work as a research analyst and will be giving a course in conflict transformation at the University of Leipzig, Germany, in 2017.
- A Salvadoran Turnaround? The FMLN’s Response to Citizen Security Needs. In: Abello Colak, Alexandra/Angarita Cañas, Pablo Emilio (Hg.), Latin America’s New Security Thinking: Towards Security as a Democratic Value, CLACSO 2013, pp. 71-86.
- Thinking about Peace Research in 21st Century Latin America. Special Issue for the Peace, Conflict, and Development Journal, Issue 20/2012 (Guest editorship with Egoitz Gago Anton).
- Latin America between Conflict and Reconciliation, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2012 (Editorship with Martin Leiner).
- The Ethical Dimension of Security Sector Reform. Police Reforms in Post-War El Salvador. In: Flämig, Susan/Leiner, Martin (Eds.), Latin America between Conflict and Reconciliation, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2012, pp. 29-40.