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Doctoral Candidate
Political Science

University of Notre Dame
2060 Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. My research and teaching focus on the intersection of race and public policy.

My research on immigration detention and political activism is funded by a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant and a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship.

Leveraging original interview data with formerly detained immigrants and their networks, large-n survey data, and administrative crime reporting data this project develops and tests a theory of individual and group responses to traumatic experiences with the repressive face of government.

My research has been published in the Journal of Race and Ethnicity Politics and I have contributed to the Washington Post, Mischiefs of Faction, and American Politics and Policy.


  • Ph.D. in Political Science, Expected 2022
    University of Notre Dame
  • M.A. in Political Science, 2018
    University of Notre Dame
  • B.A. in Political Science, 2016
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign