Mortal Doubt: Transnational Gangs and Social Order in Guatemala City


Forthcoming with University of California Press in October 2018


2018  “La Visita: Prisons and Survival in Guatemala” Lead author with Kevin L. O’Neill.  Journal of Latin American Studies.

2018    “Portrait of a Real Marero: Truth and Fantasy in Stories of Violence.”  Forthcoming with Ethnography.

2018    “Scam as Survival.” Lead author with Kevin L. O’Neill. Forthcoming with Ethnography.

2018.  "Border, Ghetto, Prison: Cocaine and Social Orders in Guatemala​" in  The Social Order of Cocaine, eds. Desmond Arias and Thomas Grisaffi, University of Pennsylvania Press.

2017    “Making Do: The Practice of Imprisonment in Post-War Guatemala” Co-authored with Kevin L. O’Neill. Journal of Latin American Geography 16(2): 31-48. 
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2017    “Espacios de encarcelamiento en Guatemala.” Co-authored with Kevin L. O’Neill, Ecuador Debate 101


2017    “Of Love and Lock-up: La Visita and Survival in Central American Prisons” in Carceral Community: Troubling Prison Worlds in 21st Century Latin America. Eds. Chris Garces, Sacha Darke, Andres Antillano, Luis Duno-Gottberg. Forthcoming with University of Pennsylvania Press

2016    “Extorted Life: Protection Rackets in Guatemala City.” (2016)  Public Culture, Volume 28, number 3, 80: 593-616


2015    Of Maras and Mortal Doubt: Violence, Order, and Uncertainty in Post-War Guatemala. PhD dissertation in the Department of Geography, University of California Berkeley. (May 2015)



“The American Dream Meets a Central American Nightmare.” The New York Times, April 5, 2017


“The Demise of a Prison Lord.” The New York Times, August 16th, 2016


El impacto de las politicas de drogas en los carceles de Guatemala. (The impact of drug policy in Guatemalan prisons)  Open Society Foundations and the Social Science Research Council, in cooperation with the Guatemalan Presidential Drug Policy Commission. (June 2015) Lead author with Kevin O’Neill and Corina Giacomello.


“Beyond the Maras: Violence and Survival in Urban Central America” in Is There Hope for Central American Youth. Latin American Program. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Working Paper Series (December 2015)


“Matar y Controlar: La Evolucion de Extorsion.” In Sembrando Utopia: Crisis de Capitalismo y Refundacion de la Humanidad.  Ed. Marcelo Colussi. Argenpress. Buenos Aires.


“The Strong Hand Loses Its Grip.” Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies (Spring 2013). Berkeley; pp. 12-16


“El Fish and the General.” Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies (Fall 2012). Berkeley, CA; pp. 50-56


“El Salvador holds its breath after day without murders,” The Guardian (UK), May 1, 2012. (published under pseudonym)


 “Remembering Romero: Salvaging a Voice of Reason from an Age of War.” Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies. University of California, Berkeley.  (Fall 2010); pp. 68-71


“The Presence of Absence.” Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies. (Fall 2010) University of California, Berkeley.


“Death Dealing in Guatemala City.” Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies. University of California, Berkeley. Fall 2010; pp. 56-61


“Refuge from Femicide: Facing Gendered Violence in Guatemala.” Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies. Spring 2010; pp. 71-73


“An Everyday Geography of the Global South” By Jonathan Rigg (Book Review) Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 50, No 2, 2010.