I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. My research areas are in race and ethnic politics, voting rights, elections, and state politics. More specifically, I focus on the politics of restrictive voting laws and how these laws impact racial groups differently.
I am a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow, a University of California President’s Pre-Professoriate Fellow, and am an American Political Science Association Diversity Fellow (2017-2018). I currently serve as a Senior Policy Fellow at the Voting Rights Project, the flagship project of the UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Initiative (LPPI). Previously, I held an appointment as a research fellow at the UCLA Institute for Inequality and Democracy at Luskin and as the Voting and Redistricting Fellow at Common Cause. I was born and raised in San Bernardino, California.
Prior to pursuing a doctoral degree at UCLA, I graduated from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) with a B.A. in Political Science/Public Service. During my undergraduate education, I worked as a research assistant in the Department of Political Science and served as a Mellon Advancing Intercultural Studies Fellow at the Center for Ideas and Society.