Justice, Law and Criminology, School of Public Affairs
Year of program entry: 2011
Erik Alda holds a BA in International Affairs and an MA in Latin American Studies from American University. From 2001 to 2003 he lived in the slums of Fortaleza (Ceará), Brazil where he worked with an NGO and learned from community leaders and youths living in poor urban communities. In the past ten years, Erik has conducted extensive research on Latin America and the Caribbean, publishing research on crime and security issues in Latin America and the Caribbean. He has also helped design and implement programs for the IADB and World Bank.
Erik's main interest lies in the differences in crime and security in different countries within Latin America, and and his dissertation will measure police performance within developing countries.