Manuel is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate interested in comparative politics and political economy. He received his BSc in Economics with an emphasis on economic theory and his MSc in Economics from Javeriana University, Colombia. He is primarily interested in quantitative social science methodology, and the design of quantitative field research and field experiments. In particular, he has been working on security sector governance and reform, and prevention of crime in post-conflict regions. Previously, he worked as a researcher at the Conflict Analysis Resource Center (CERAC), and more recently as an advisor of the Direction of Justice, Security and Government at the National Planning Department (DNP). Manuel is a Fulbright scholar and was awarded by the Colombian government with the Colciencias–Fulbright scholarship.