Photo credit: Jahsie Ault

Photo credit: Jahsie Ault

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Columbia University and a Consortium for Faculty Diversity Predoctoral Fellow at Wellesley College. I specialize in American public opinion and political behavior, particularly as they relate to racial and ethnic minorities. My dissertation focuses on the responsiveness of national and state legislators to the policy preferences of their Black and Latinx constituents. My research has been funded by the Center on African American Politics and Society, the Division of Social Science, and the Institute for Social and Economic Research Policy. 

I am committed to diversity and inclusion in academia. During my time at Columbia I have served the community of students from underrepresented minorities as founding member of the Political Science Diversity and Equity Committee, co-chair of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences’ Students of Color Alliance, and graduate student mentor in the Leadership Alliance Summer Research Program.

Before Columbia, I was valedictorian of the 2014 graduating class of the University of Puerto Rico, where I majored in political science and history. In 2013, I was a research fellow at the GSAS-Leadership Alliance Research Program at Columbia University. I have also worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and for the Earth Institute, conducting surveys about the impact of climate change on agricultural practices among farmers in Puerto Rico and Jamaica, respectively.