I’m a writer, historian, and foreign affairs analyst. Currently, I’m a Visiting Scholar and Adjunct Faculty at the Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University, focusing on a research project, "The Idea of North America and the Future of Continental Integration: Bringing Long-Term Strategy and History Back into the Debate." I also teach “Contemporary Issues of US-Mexico Relations” for the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program
Throughout my career, I have been able to combine experience in academia and public scholarship with practical experience in politics, international relations, and policymaking.
My three areas of research specialization are:
1) U.S.-Mexico relations, Latin American studies, Inter-American relations and geopolitics.
2) Urban and environmental history in Mexico and Latin America.
3) Studies of mobility, cities, and ecology in maritime spaces and port societies in the Pacific Basin.
I’m working on my book manuscript entitled, All Coasts One Bay: Acapulco, Mexico, and the Making of the American Pacific as well as on the Historia mínima del Pacífico mexicano, siglos XV-XXI (co-authored) for the collection "Historia mínima" of the Colegio de México. Among other publications, I have published a book chapter on tourism, “Acapulco y la historia social de su planificación. La caída de un puerto comercial y el surgimiento de una ciudad turística (1927-1945),” in México-Estados Unidos. Reflexiones históricas sobre el turismo y la cultura nacional, 1927-1945. I also have peer-reviewed book chapters on geography, ecology, geopolitics, and travelers for the Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas-UNAM.
I have collaborated on various projects in cultural diplomacy, public scholarship, and digital humanities, as well as on museum exhibits and oral history projects. Some of these projects have been published by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress and the Mexican Cultural Institute at the Mexican Embassy in DC. My work has also been published and featured in the Mexican media at Nexos, ADN40, and El Financiero-Bloomberg.
I hold a Ph.D. in Urban and Latin American History from the University of Chicago, a Master’s degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Modern History and Politics from the University of Oxford. My research has been supported by Mexico’s National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT), the Division of Social Sciences at the University of Chicago, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. I have been a fellow at the Center for Mexico-United States Studies at the University of California, San Diego, 2017-2018; and a Visiting Researcher at the Centro de Estudios Históricos, Colegio de México, 2019-2020.
From 2018-2019, I served as Congressional Affairs Liaison at the Federal Government’s Secretaría de Economía, and from 2021-2022 as First Secretary and cultural attaché for a yearlong commission in public diplomacy and the history of Inter-American Relations at the Mexican Cultural Institute of the Mexican Embassy in the United States, Washington, D.C.
I was born in Mexico City and proudly raised by an LGBTQ+ family of academics and literature professors from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. I live in Washington D.C. with my Colombian-Mexican family.