I am an Associate Research Scholar at the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton 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 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 Princeton, I was a Teaching Fellow at UCLA's Center for American Politics and Public Policy in Washington, DC.
avilan [at] princeton [dot] edu