I earned a B.A. at McGill University in Montreal, during which time I spent a semester in Mexico at ITESM, Queretaro, as a full time student. After extensive travel in South America, I accepted an offer from the University of Texas at Austin for graduate studies because of its unparalleled resources and faculty on all subjects Latin American, as well as its location. There I completed an M.A. at the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) and a Ph.D. (2010) in comparative politics and international relations in the Department of Government.