Jessie is a PhD student in the Department of Government. She studies Comparative Politics and Political EcoNomy, with substantive interests in urban development, large-scale corruption, organized crime, and bureaucracy. Thus far, she has concentrated her research in the Western hemisphere with a particular focus on Brazil. She is currently working on a project on the sub-municipal politics of organized crime in Rio de Janeiro and aNother project on the nature of bribery in the Fujimori regime in Peru.Prior to arriving at Harvard, she earned her Master's in International Policy from Stanford University in 2015 and was a case writer for the Leadership Academy for Development. She began her studies of organized crime and corruption in Brazil as a Boren International Security Fellow in 2012. Jessie graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2011 with a B.S. in Human and Organizational Development.