I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology in the School of Public Affairs at American University.
My research explores the impact of domestic politics on international cooperation, particularly in Latin America. I am currently working on a book project that examines how the distributive and moral conflicts that human rights treaties activate within civil society hinder the incorporation of international treaty provisions into domestic law. The manuscript is based on my dissertation, which won the award for best dissertation from the Human Rights Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) in 2019.
My research has been funded by APSA's Centennial Grant, Princeton's Program in Latin American Studies, and the International and Latin American Institutes at UCLA.
I received my Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and hold degrees in international relations from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella and Universidad de San Andrés in Argentina. Before coming to American, I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University and a Teaching Fellow at UCLA's Center for American Politics and Public Policy in Washington, DC.
avilan [at] american [dot] edu