Angelica Duran-Martinez is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. She obtained a PhD in political science at Brown University, a BA in political science from Universidad Nacional de Colombia and completed an MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship. Her research interests include the relations between organized crime, violence, and the state in Latin America, as well as the interconnections between democracy, rule of law, and citizen security. Her research in Colombia and Mexico received funding from the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), the Social Science Research Council (IDRF-SSRC) and the Open Society Foundation through the Drugs, Security, and Democracy fellowship. She has published articles in Comparative Political Studies, Crime, Law and Social Change, as well as book chapters and opinion pieces. Currently she is working on her book project “Criminals, Cops, and Politicians: Drug Violence in Colombia and Mexico”; on two coauthored articles, and initiating new collaborative research on civil society responses to criminal violence.