About me

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, with a specialization in comparative politics, international relations, and methodology. I am also a Harry Frank Guggenheim Emerging Scholar, a USIP-Minerva Peace and Security Scholar, and an APSA Political Psychology Distinguished Junior Scholar

My research investigates how massive societal changes—such as growing migration, large-scale violence, and polarizationshape political behavior, intergroup discrimination, and democratic accountability, primarily in Latin America. I combine fieldwork with field and survey experiments to examine how the political voice of racial minorities and undocumented immigrants mobilizes citizens to hold politicians accountable for abusing the state’s coercive power.

My work has been published in Political Psychology, Party Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly [2x], and Research and Politics, and is under advance contract with Cambridge University Press. It has also been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the American Political Science Association (APSA), Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP), and the Kellogg Institute, among others.