I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Columbia University, where I specialize in American politics. My dissertation focuses on minority politics, namely, the formation of white Americans' preferences over race-targeted social policies, and the relationship between those preferences and public policy. I am also studying "co-minority" bias, a term that refers to the responsiveness of minority legislators to constituents of other minority groups. 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. I am a founding member of the Political Science Diversity and Equity Committee, and am one of its first two elected graduate student representatives. In the 2017-2018 academic year I was chair of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences' Students of Color Alliance and have worked with the Leadership Alliance Summer Research Program as a graduate student mentor to underrepresented undergraduate students from across the country.
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.