I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. I received my PhD in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 2023. In fall 2024, I will be joining the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Postdoctoral Fellow (2024-25) and Assistant Professor (2025-).
I study democracy and governance in contexts of violent political contestation. My book project, "Democracy under Siege: How Violent Actors Corrupt and Disrupt Democratic Institutions," examines how armed non-state groups seek to influence the democratic process. Through quantitative, computational, 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 political strategies of anti-democratic politicians.
My CV is available here; please feel free to email me at auribe [at] stanford [dot] edu.