I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Latino and Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.

My scholarship sits at the intersection of race, ethnicity, and politics (REP), immigration, and identity politics. As a trained Americanist and political psychologist, my scholarly work interrogates individual-level public opinion and political behavior within American politics. As a race and ethnic politics scholar, I actively center race in these interrogations. Broadly, my work explores how race operates for various groups in the United States, including non-Hispanic White Americans and the Latina/o/x community by asking timely and poignant questions that investigate important topics such as immigration politics and policy, voting behavior, and political representation. I am particularly interested in scholarship that moves American politics and policy towards a fully functioning democracy.

In 2020, I received the Institute for Citizens & Scholars (formerly the Woodrow Wilson Foundation) Career Enhancing Fellowship for Junior Faculty. Recently, I was named an inaugural Early Career Faculty Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice (ISGRJ) at Rutgers University, and a City University of New York (CUNY) Dominican Studies Institute (DSI) Fellow.

I graduated from Ohio State University in Columbus, OH with a PhD in Political Science, and Connecticut College in New London, CT with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Gender and Women’s Studies, and a minor in English.