I am an Associate Professor of Political Science 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 and gender operate for various groups in the United States, especially the Latina/o/x community, by asking timely 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. 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. Most recently, I was named a 2022 American Political Science Association Distinguished Junior Scholar in Political Psychology.
I graduated from Ohio State University in Columbus, OH with a PhD in Political Science in 2015, 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 in 2009. Prior to Rutgers, I was a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow At Brown University.