I am a PhD Candidate with a concentration in race, ethnicity, and politics in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. I am interested in the intersection of race and representation in American politics. My research explores the factors that induce racial and ethnic minorities to participate in politics and how these groups exert influence through lobbying. My dissertation develops and tests a theory on how advocacy organizations explicitly representing racial minorities, which I refer to as racial minority interest groups (RMIG), work to act as mechanisms of representation for marginalized racial minority communities.
I was recently awarded a UC President’s Dissertation Fellowship and received the Barbara and Paul Saltman Excellent Teaching Award. I also received the Presidential Graduate Opportunities for Leadership Development (GOLD) Fellowship, and was inducted into the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society.
Prior to graduate school, I graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History, with departmental honors, from UC San Diego. I am particularly passionate about mentoring historically underrepresented students in academia and have served as a graduate advocate for UC San Diego’s Summer Training Academy for Research Success (STARS) program since 2018.