Welcome! I received a PhD from the Department of Government at Cornell University in 2019. Beginning July 2019, I will be a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research at Tulane University. My research interests lie in comparative politics, specifically on identity, inequality, and citizenship, with a regional interest in Latin America.
You can find my CV here and read more about my current book project here, as well as my other on-going research here.
In brief, my current book project, based on my dissertation research, leverages a phenomenon of racial reclassification in Brazil to shed light on the processes of identity politicization. I leverage a newfound tendency for Brazilians to capitalize on fluid racial boundaries to reclassify towards blackness. I argue that these patterns are the unintended consequences of recent state-led efforts to better incorporate lower-class citizens through educational expansion. I build and test this argument with multiple methods, including in-depth interviews, panel analyses, and an originally designed survey and survey experiments. This research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Fulbright-Hays Foundation.
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