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Ph.D. 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. During the academic year 2022-23, I will be a non-residential fellow at the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute in the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

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

My empirical strategy leverages original interviews with formerly detained immigrants and their networks, large-n survey data, administrative data, and causal inference techniques, to develop and test a theory of individual and group responses to traumatic experiences with the repressive face of government.

My research has been published in Politics, Groups, and Identities, and the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics. In addition, I have contributed to the Washington Post and several other outlets.


  • Ph.D. in Political Science, Expected 2023
    University of Notre Dame
  • M.A. in Political Science, 2018
    University of Notre Dame
  • B.A. in Political Science and Latino Studies, 2016
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign