Research

Dissertation

My current research at UCLA studies the factors that contribute to unequal access to both voting in elections and to representation. My dissertation focuses on modern devices that restrict access to the ballot box. In this research, I trace the origins of voter ID and I conduct on a national analysis about how voter identification laws effect turnout in elections and how community groups fight against these consequences, focusing on their networks, tactics, and resources.

Policy

“Whitewashing Representation: How Using Citizenship Data to Gerrymander Will Undermine Our Democracy.” with Common Cause Educational Fund. [Project] [Report]

“Protecting Democracy: Implementing Equal and Safe Access to the Ballot Box During a Global Pandemic.” with the UCLA Voting Rights Project. [Report]

“Debunking the Myth of Voter Fraud in Mail Ballots.” with the UCLA Voting Rights Project, University of New Mexico Center for Social Policy, and Union of Concerned Scientists. [Report]

“Protecting Democracy: Implementing Equal and Safe Access to the Ballot Box During a Global Pandemic.” with the UCLA Voting Rights Project [Report]

Working Papers

“Perceived Racial Efficacy and Voter Engagement Among African-Americans: A Cautionary Tale from 2016.” with Matt Barreto, Jonathan Collins, and Gregory Leslie. [Paper]

“Relieving the Conscience: White Guilt and Candidate Evaluation.” with Loren Collingwood and Francisco Pedraza. [Citation]

Other Publications

“Introducing People of Color Also Know Stuff.” with Danielle Lemi and Maricruz Osorio. [Article]