I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.  I study comparative politics and public policy in Latin America. My research focuses on the politics of public services in developing countries, especially in the areas of public health and environmental policy. Most broadly, my work aims to better understand how systems of governance that are organized differently produce different outcomes. With funding from the National Science Foundation, I am currently part of an interdisciplinary team working in collaboration with the Honduran Ministry of Health to study the effects of decentralized governance on the performance of local health systems, research that I am expanding to Guatemala and Nicaragua with the support of the Social Science Research Council. Previously I worked as a research analyst at the public-sector environmental economics and policy consulting firm Industrial Economics Inc. (IEc) in Cambridge, MA, and as Director of Health Information Systems for the non-governmental organization Shoulder to Shoulder in Intibucá, Honduras.