I am a third-year Ph.D. student in the Political Science Department at the University of Notre Dame conducting research on transnational migration and I hold an MA in Political Science from Notre Dame (’17) and a BA in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Florida (’15).
My research centers around the themes of migration, race and ethnicity, citizenship, and gender in a comparative perspective. My current work focuses on how immigrants from Sub-Saharan Africa become full participants in their new communities in Western Europe, and my dissertation will consider how mosques can facilitate or hinder the social, economic, and political integration of Muslim immigrants in Spain.
I have also studied how infrastructure affects the flows of refugees and internally displaced people in Mali, the factors that affect the passage of restrictive immigration legislation at the state level in the United States, and how colorism affects black racial identity for women in Brazil.
My work has been supported by the American Political Science Association, the Southern Political Science Association, and the John J. Reilly Center at the University of Notre Dame.
Although I have lived in the United States for most of my life, I feel closely tied to my Colombian roots and speak Spanish fluently. Since my parents and I moved multiple times, I had the opportunity to grow up in various types of communities. Some were full of immigrant populations, others were decidedly more homogenous, but each played a role in helping me and my family become part of the American fabric. These experiences ultimately shaped my academic interest in understanding identity within and across national borders. I am also broadly interested in the various methodological approaches used to study these topics.
I am trained in quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as field-research methods including network analysis. I am passionate about increasing the role of social scientific research in policy debates and one of my goals is to make my research findings accessible to policymakers, community organizations, and the general public.
In my rare spare time, I like to volunteer in my community, haunt South Bend’s local coffee shops, and keep up on Academic Twitter.