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ABOUT ME:

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration at the University of Pennsylvania during the 2019-2020 academic year. I recently received my PhD from the Department of Politics at Princeton University, in August 2019. I specialize in American politics. My research interests are at the nexus of political behavior, race and ethnicity, immigration, and economic inequality.

My dissertation, entitled "The New Democrats: On the Social Roots of Asian American Partisan Political Behavior" explores why Asian Americans, a group with some conservative predispositions, supports Democrats in national elections. This research considers existing theories and develops a novel “theory of social transmission,” grounded in partisan influence from peers in local contexts. This theoretical perspective is motivated by the fact that standard theories of familial political socialization do not explain partisan acquisition among immigrants and their children, who rarely discuss American politics at home. I test this theory and alternative explanations using national surveys, qualitative interviews, a large longitudinal dataset of college students, and an original experiment. I am currently developing this project into a book manuscript.

I am also working on several collaborative research projects on topics such as income inequality and the college experience, Puerto Rican political mobilization, and media framings of opioid use. My research has recently been published in Politics, Groups, and Identities.

At Princeton, I served as a Research Consultant for Princeton Research in Experimental Social Science (PRESS) and a graduate student affiliate of the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (CSDP). I also have served as an Assistant Instructor for undergraduate courses in quantitative methods, experimental methods, and American politics.

Prior to arriving at Princeton, I graduated with a BA in Political Science (minors in Applied Statistics and Sociocultural Anthropology) from the University of Michigan in 2014, with highest honors and highest distinction. While at Michigan, I wrote a senior thesis about the priming effects of Spanish-language political advertising on US Hispanic voters. As an undergraduate student, I worked in Washington DC as a Congressional Intern for US Representative Rush Holt (2012) and US Senator Frank Lautenberg (2013). I am a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

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