I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Sustainable Development PhD program in Columbia University. I am an incoming postdoc at the Center for Global Transformation (CGT) at UC San Diego, and next year (Fall 2022) I will join Universidad de los Andes as an Assistant Professor of Economics. I work mainly on environmental and development economics. My interests lie primarily in understanding the consequences of environmental change and the challenges governments face in implementing policies in contexts with underlying structural inequalities or weak institutions. I am currently working on the economics of air pollution control and on the impacts of temperature on financial outcomes and hospital management. On the development economics side, I am currently studying gender disparities in labor markets both in Mexico and the United States, as well as women’s health in Tanzania and Mexico.
During my Ph.D., I have worked with the Data Science group of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, where I studied the drivers of health inequality in the US, and at the Economic Research Division of the Central Bank of Mexico as a Summer Research Fellow. I teach Gender Economics in Mexico, where I have participated in several panels on women’s rights, economic history and politics. I also contribute to the Economics and Society blog in Nexos, a cultural and political magazine based in Mexico City, and to Foco Economico, an academic economics and politics blog with the objective of discussing research conducted in Latin America.
At Columbia, I was awarded the Wu Fellowship for my research in health, wellbeing and public policy, research grants from the Center for Development Economics and Policy and the Center for Environmental Economics and Policy. I was also the 2019-2020 Lead Teaching Fellow in Sustainable Development for the Center for Teaching and Learning at Columbia.
Prior to coming to Columbia, I studied Economics and graduated with honors from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). My undergaduate thesis, in which I explored the distribution of the economic consequences of drug-related violence in Mexico, was awarded by CitiGroup (Banamex) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
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