Neubauer Doctoral Fellow
Doctoral Student


B.A., Economics, Universidad de los Andes

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

LL.M, 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 the Latin American case, I study the factors that influence the prison population and crime rates. Specifically, I explore 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 Los Angeles. Previously, I have explored the misdemeanor arrest patterns and the disparities in the cumulative risk of misdemeanor convictions and jail sentences in New York. 


Kohler-Hausmann, I., Hepburn, P. and Zorro A., 2019. “Cumulative Risks of Multiple Criminal Justice Outcomes in New York City.” Demography, 1-11.

Acosta, C., Mejia, D., and Zorro, A., 2016. “Certainty vs. Severity Revisited: Evidence for Colombia.” Documento CEDE-Working Paper. Universidad de los Andes; Issue: 21.

Acosta, C., Hernández N., and Zorro, A., 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.