On its broadest level, my work applies advanced quantitative methods and socioeconomic theory to investigate the impact of policies on underrepresented and marginalized groups, providing empirical support for formulating policies addressing socioeconomic inequalities due to race, class, and gender in social, political, religious and educational institutions. Furthermore, my research also evaluates the impact of public policies on the quality of life (a.k.a. happiness) of minority groups, such as Latinos, Afro-descendants, immigrant workers, and women. My regional focus is Latin America and Brazil.
Born in São Paulo, Brazil, my family immigrated to the United States when I was a sophomore in high school. I have a B.A. in International Relations with a minor in French from Southern Methodist University (SMU), and a M.S. in International Political Economy from the University of Texas at Dallas. I speak Portuguese, English, Spanish and some French & Italian.
In my spare time I love cooking with my husband, playing the violin and mandolin, photographing, and cycling.