I am a graduate student in the Department of Politics and the Joint Degree Program in Politics and Social Policy at Princeton University.

My research interests include state formation and state capacity, state-society relations, race and ethnicity, social movements, political participation, and citizenship. My dissertation focuses on what I call "participatory security," a type of police reform that establishes formal mechanisms for community participation in matters of security in Latin America. The implementation of community participation in an issue area such as security can have important implications for how the state carries out that particular function, as well as how citizens interact with and view the state in general, and the police in particular. Therefore, my dissertation will investigate the causes of this type of policy reform, as well as its implications for state capacity and citizenship.

Email me at ygonzale at princeton.edu