My research focus is on the political causes and consequences of criminal justice policies and their enforcement, particularly the politics of counternarcotics in the Americas. More broadly I am interested in political economy, as well as quantitative methods and computational approaches to the social sciences.
In my spare time I enjoy books and movies. Puzzles also keep me entertained: see blog or click here to be on my NYT Mini Crossword leaderboard. To stay active I love to hike and boulder, as well as play soccer. I love to watch soccer too—although I was born in Colombia, my Argentine father made my a die hard fan of the Albiceleste. Here's a picture of us from 2016, at a Copa América match in Chicago, and here's a picture of me and my partner Sarah at a 2022 friendly in New York.
I'm on Mastodon as: @JulianEGerez.