My dissertation develops an original theory to explain the mismatch between the relevance of race to the social wellbeing of afro-descendants in Latin America and the seeming irrelevance of race to electoral politics for this same population. In addition, the dissertation puts forth a new methodological framework for studying the effect of race on Latin American electoral politics. The project uses a mix of survey and experimental evidence, and a case study of Panama based on a year of in-depth field work in the country.
My approach to teaching is to move course content closer to the interests and perspectives of a diverse student population by incorporating underrepresented voices in the mainstream debates in political science. I have a diverse set of teaching experiences from an associate degree program in a Trenton youth correctional facility to traditional university classroom settings.
I am currently serving as an AY2016-2017 in the Princeton Writing Program. In addition, I served as an AY2015-2016 Fulbright Fellow in Panama City, Panama. I hold a B.A. in Government and Politics and Spanish from the University of Maryland College Park.
On this website, you will find links to my CV, descriptions of my academic projects, my teaching evaluations, and a description of my Princeton Writing Center course (“Politics and Identities”).