Aileen is a Ph.D. Candidate whose research interests include: U.S.-Mexico (Latin America) Relations, Drug Control, the Cold War, National Security, Military History/Militarization, and Interventions. Aileen's dissertation, Americanizing Mexican Drug Enforcement: The War on Drugs in Mexican Politics and Society, 1964-1982, examines the effects of U.S. drug policies and policing efforts on 1970s Mexican politics and society. Her research also explores the effects of domestic and overseas drug control efforts on U.S. politics, society, and culture. Aileen's project incorporates a transnational approach, using English- and Spanish-language archival sources from the U.S. and Mexico to explore the origins of bilateral drug enforcement measures. The project also sheds new light on how local histories of political instability shaped the Mexican government’s response to the U.S. war on drugs.
Aileen’s work has been supported by a number of fellowships and grants including the Fulbright-García Robles Fellowship (Mexico), the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) Dissertation Completion Fellowship, and the Eisenhower/Roberts Graduate Fellowship. She will be a fellow at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego during the 2017-2018 academic year. Aileen's articles on U.S. and Mexican drug control and addiction issues have appeared in History News Network, The Global Intelligence, and Time magazine. She is formerly a U.S. Marine Corps officer.