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About Me

I am a Ph.D. Candidate at Stanford University, in the Department of Political Science, and expect to defend my dissertation in 2020. I am also a 2015 National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellow; a Stanford University E.D.G.E. Doctoral Fellow and D.A.R.E. Doctoral Fellow under the Vice Provost for Graduate Education. My work has been presented at APSA, MPSA, New Faces in Political Methodology, and the Politics of Race, Immigration, and Ethnicity Consortium, among others. My primary field of study is American politics, and I specialize, broadly, in political communication, political behavior, political geography, and computational social science. Some of my work focuses on race/ethnicity; the perception, and communication strategies, of minority candidates; and the behavior of minority voters.

In my dissertation project---funded by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics---I draw upon structural topic modeling and text-as-data to assess candidate communication. I analyze the influence of candidate race, gender, and party on the messages used in campaigns. In addition, my work also examines whether constituent demographics affect campaign communication. This project incorporates analysis of many variants of campaign communication, using computational methods to identify them, and experimental designs to measure the effects of each message.

After completing my undergraduate degrees, I worked as a Judicial Research Fellow at the San Francisco Superior Court, where I analyzed factors affecting the initiation and conclusion of court cases. Prior to entering the graduate program at Stanford University, I worked as a research assistant for economists at the Hoover Institution and Stanford University Graduate School of Business. 

Over the years, I have participated in the recruitment of minority and female students for the Capital Fellows program, and for Stanford University. Specifically, I received funds from the Stanford University Vice Provost for Graduate Education to run programs that improve both the intellectual community and diversity of the Social Sciences