I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Chicago, where I study democracy and governance in contexts of violent political contestation. My research has been supported by the Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts and the University of Chicago Center for Latin American Studies.
My dissertation project, "Coercion and Capture in Violent Democracies," examines how armed nonstate groups seek to influence the democratic process. Through quantitative and archival analysis of rebel, paramilitary, and criminal groups in Latin America, I identify the conditions that lead these actors to intervene in electoral politics, the structural forces that determine whether they succeed or fail, and the consequences of these interventions for democratic institutions and policy outcomes. Other projects explore processes of competitive statebuilding during civil war, governance by non-state actors, and the rhetorical strategies of anti-democratic politicians.
In 2019-20, I was a USIP Peace Scholar. I hold an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago and a BA in History from Harvard College. My CV is available here; please feel free to email me at uribe [at] uchicago [dot] edu.