Andres is a PhD student in Comparative Politics. He is broadly interested in democracy and governance in contexts of violent political contestation. Drawing on evidence from the Peruvian and Colombian civil wars, his dissertation project examines the ways in which armed nonstate groups attempt to influence elections and capture democratic institutions. Other projects explore processes of competitive statebuilding during civil war and the rhetorical strategies of anti-democratic politicians.

Andres holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago and a BA in History from Harvard College. You can find out more about his research at his website,