Isabel is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science, where she primarily works in the fields of Comparative Politics and Political Methodology. Her research investigates how crime and violence influence politics (and vice versa), predominantly in the Americas. She was previously a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellow. Via this fellowship, she completed 7 months of fieldwork in Brazil. Her work and studies have also generously been funded by USAID, the U.S. Department of State, the Brazilian Studies Association, and UNC’s Institute for the Study of the Americas, among other organizations. She holds an M.A. in Political Science from UNC-Chapel Hill and a B.A. in International Relations from Claremont McKenna College.