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 analyze legislators’ motivations behind supporting or opposing such legislation.

Policy

“Vote Choice of Latino Voters in the 2020 Presidential Election.” (2021) with the UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Initiative. [Project] [Report]

“Protecting Democracy: Implementing Equal and Safe Access to the Ballot Box During a Global Pandemic.” (2020) with the UCLA Voting Rights Project. [Report]

“Debunking the Myth of Voter Fraud in Mail Ballots.” (2020) with the UCLA Voting Rights Project, University of New Mexico Center for Social Policy, and Union of Concerned Scientists. [Report]

“Age Discrimination in Voting at Home.” (2020) with the UCLA Voting Rights Project, Equal Citizens, Vote At Home, and The Andrew Goodman Foundation. [Project] [Report]

“Whitewashing Representation: How Using Citizenship Data to Gerrymander Will Undermine Our Democracy.” (2019) with Common Cause Educational Fund. [Project] [Report]

Working Papers

“Estimating the Effects of Strict Voter ID Laws at the County Level.” (Presented at the American Political Science Association’s 2019 Annual Meeting).

“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]