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Financialization and Urban Development; Land and Water politics; Anthropology of the State; El Salvador and Central America


M.A. Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin

B.A. Economics, University of Texas at Austin


My research explores the relationship between financialization and contemporary processes of urban development in the Global South. I am currently working on a dissertation project which analyzes the history of real estate speculation in Cordillera del Bálsamo, a mountain range in El Salvador formerly known for its agricultural coffee economy. In such work, I study the role of corporate and political elites in the expansion of real estate markets as well as the implications of such process regarding land use and water management.