I am a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at Rice University and a graduate fellow for the Center for the United States and Mexico at the Baker Institute for Public Policy. My research interests lie in the area of American politics, with a focus on Latino representation and the intersection of religion and politics.
As a graduate fellow for the Center for the United States and Mexico (previously Mexico Center), I host and produce Mexico Centered, a podcast featuring interviews with academics and government officials on topics relevant to Mexican politics and the binational relationship. Guests include Jesús Reyes-Heroles (former PEMEX CEO), Gil Kerlikowske (former CBP Comissioner under President Obama), Lorenzo Córdova (President of Mexico’s National Electoral Institute), Santiago Nieto (the main actor in President López Obrador’s fight against corruption), and Tamaulipas Governor Francisco Cabeza de Vaca.
In 2016, I received a bachelor of music degree in clarinet performance from Union College, a small liberal arts college in Lincoln, Nebraska. During my time there, I founded and conducted the Recreare Ensemble, a chamber orchestra whose highlights included a performance of Beethoven’s First Symphony and a staging of Mozart’s musical comedy Impresario. I also conducted the college’s choral, orchestral, and symphonic band ensembles in several performances.
In the year between college and graduate school, I conducted a string orchestra of homeschoolers and taught clarinet and beginning piano in the Lincoln area. In addition to their musical development, my students may have also grown a bit sarcastic along the way (we’re all the better for it).
Outside of my academic work, I enjoy reading, listening to podcasts, brewing coffee, and playing clarinet whenever I can.