I was born and raised in Montevideo, Uruguay. I studied law in Uruguay, and then emigrated to Israel, where I did my B.A. and master in political science and international relations at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In 2011, I came to the U.S to do my PhD in political science at the University of Florida, which I completed in 2018. My doctoral dissertation examined the effects of state violence, inequality, policing and police violence on residents of South Los Angeles and São Paulo’s peripheries. My academic interests focus on Marxism, capitalist state violence, the ways in which capitalism fosters violence and how the state deploys violence and attempts to pacify low-income communities. This has led me to focus on policing and police violence, particularly examining its effects on low-income population. I also studied the policing reforms in Latin America, particularly Uruguay, and the import of U.S tough-on-crime policing strategies in the region. I have two forthcoming books under review. One is on policing and police violence in São Paulo's periphery and South L.A, how police and police violence constructs race, space, and citizenship, and how they create authoritarian enclaves. The other is an edited volume on southern criminology, focusing on state violence, policing and police violence across the Americas. I have published articles in the Journal of Social Justice, International Studies Perspectives, and International Studies Review, as well as chapters in different Handbooks and edited books. I have published opinion and analysis articles in La Diaria (Uruguay), Razones y Personas (Uruguay), L.A. Progressive (US) and Nueva Sion (Argentina). I am married and father of two boys. As a proud Uruguayan, fútbol (soccer) is my religion. In the words of Luis Omar Tapia "90 minutos del deporte más hermoso del mundo."