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ABOUT ME:

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Immigration at the University of Pennsylvania. I received my PhD from the Department of Politics at Princeton University in August 2019. My research is in American Politics with a focus on political behavior, immigration, race, 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 account 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 social transmission and alternative explanations using national surveys, in-depth qualitative interviews, a large longitudinal dataset of college students, and an original social media 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 American Politics and quantitative and experimental methods.

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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