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

My scholarly work examines the intersections between race, ethnicity, and (im)migration. By drawing on theoretical frameworks from political science, sociology, political psychology, and history, I use a mixed methods approach to understand the racialized nature of the geography of immigration policies and contemporary restrictive immigration policy attitudes in the United States. I have developed a historically-based theoretical framework that stresses the continued significance of race and racial projects in policies and discourse around immigration. Discourse, policies, and preferences about immigration are salient topics in American politics today. Thus, any exploration of public opinion about immigration policy requires knowledge of the deeply-rooted history of racial and ethnic groups (and the policies that have and continue to govern their lives) in the United States. I am especially interested in analyzing the ways in which racial and ethnic groups use policy to either maintain or change the status quo.

My current book manuscript, tentatively titled, The Moral Geography of Whiteness: Public Opinion on Restrictive Immigration Policy, examines contemporary immigration laws and policies and argues that these policies should be understood within an historical context that recognizes the centrality of race, space, and time and the connections between different racial projects in the continual imagining of America and Americans.

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.