Neubauer Family Foundation Distinguished Scholar
Doctoral Candidate

B.A., Economics, Universidad de los Andes

LL.B. Law (JD equivalent), Universidad de los Andes

LL.M, Yale Law School

JSD, Yale Law School


My research focuses on understanding the ways the criminal justice system produces and reproduces inequality in Latin America and the United States. For my JSD dissertation, I explored the effects of the Latin American Criminal Procedural Revolution (LACPR) - a process in which more than sixty percent of Latin American countries adopted the U.S. adversarial system - in crime rates, convictions and the use of pretrial detention. For the U.S. case, I am interested in understanding the mechanism through which misdemeanor encounters reproduce class and racial stratification. Particularly, my research focuses on the consequences of implementing quality of life policing techniques in cities like New York and Chicago. Previously, I have explored the misdemeanor arrest patterns and the disparities in the cumulative risk of misdemeanor convictions and jail sentences in New York. 


Hepburn, Peter, Kohler-Hausmann, Issa, Zorro Medina, Angela. 2019. "Cumulative Risks of Multiple Criminal Justice Outcomes in New York City," Demography, Springer; Population Association of America (PAA), vol. 56(3), pages 1161-1171, June.

Acosta Mejia, Camilo and Mejia, Daniel and Zorro Medina, Angela, Certainty vs. Severity Revisited: Evidence for Colombia (June 15, 2016). Documento CEDE No. 2016-21, Available at SSRN: or

Acosta, Camilo, Hernández Norberto, and Zorro Medina , Angela, 2016. “An Economic Approach of the Pre-Trial Detention” (“Un enfoque económico a la detención preventiva”). In Lozano, E. (coord.) “Theory and Empirical Economic Analysis of the Colombian Analysis of the Colombian Law” (“Teoría y puesta en práctica del análisis económico del derecho en Colombia”). Bogota, Colombia: Uniandes.

Salas, L., and Zorro, A., 2013. “Land Reforms in Colombia: The Peasant Struggle in the Frame of Forced Displacement.” El Otro Derecho, No. 44 p. 199-218.