I am a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at Rice University and a graduate fellow for the Mexico Center at the Baker Institute for Public Policy. I am interested in how electoral institutions constrain voters’ choices and how their interests are represented.
In 2016, I earned a bachelor’s degree in music (clarinet) performance from Union College, a tiny liberal arts college in Lincoln, Nebraska. During my time there, I founded and conducted the Recreare Ensemble, whose highlights included a performance of Beethoven’s First Symphony and a staging of Mozart’s 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).
In my not-so-free time, I enjoy reading, listening to podcasts, and thinking about religion and spirituality. These interests have resulted in a few podcasting projects of my own, which you can find below:
Mexico Centered (for the Mexico Center at the Baker Institute)
Independientemente (in Spanish)
Go ahead and listen if one piques your interest.
In any case, thanks for visiting!