My research examines Guatemala’s post-conflict transition, especially in relation to ongoing political violence and the efforts of social movements to transform the country. After finishing a 10-year project on the relationship between the campesino (peasant) social movement and state agrarian institutions, I am now looking into the role of non-state armed groups in facilitating the implementation of large-scale extractive projects such as mines, hydroelectric dams, and agro-fuel plantations.
This work is based on fifteen years of collaboration with grassroots groups and human rights defenders in Guatemala, which began when I worked in the human rights field before entering graduate studies. Through this research, I have produced two books (one single-authored and one co-edited, both of which will be released with Canadian university presses in Spring 2019), as well as articles and book chapters in a number of high-profile international publications. I am also active with professional and community associations, sitting as a board member on the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Mexican International Studies Association (AMEI), and, until 2017, the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation, and acting as an Associate Fellow of the York University Centre for Research on Latin America and a Fellow of the Caribbean and the University of Calgary Latin American Research Centre.