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Professional Appointments

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Center for Inter-American Policy and Research, July 2016- June 2017.

Education

University of Texas at Austin, August 2016, Ph.D., Government
Dissertation Working Title: “The Politics of Amnesty”
Fields: Public Policy and Comparative politics
Committee: Terri Givens, (co-chair); David Leal (co-chair); Gary Freeman; Bryan Jones; Daniel Tichenor (University of Oregon)

University of Texas at Austin, May 2013, Master of Arts, Government
Thesis Title: “Framing the Immigration Debate”
Committee: Terri Givens, chair; Bryan Jones, second reader
– Using content analysis, I compared the contents of immigration bills and congressional floor statements to trace the changing debate surrounding immigration in the United States.

Knox College, Galesburg, IL, 2006, Bachelor of Arts in International Relations
Minors: Spanish and Middle Eastern Studies

Works in Progress

“Constructing Immigrants the Campaign Trail: Twitter, Immigration and the 2016 US Presidential Election” (single author paper)

“The Politics of Immigration Reform” (manuscript)

“Transnational Political Engagement and Civic Incorporation of Mexican Immigrants in the United States” (co-author)

“Change from the Top? Unions, Religion and Opinions on Immigration” (co-author)

“Tweeting for Change: Twitter as a Campaign Tool in the Spanish Elections” (single author paper)

Conference Participation

“Constructing Immigrants the Campaign Trail: Twitter, Immigration and the 2016 US Presidential Election” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA, September 2016.

“Issue Definition, Venue Shifting and DACA: Shifting Immigration from Congress to the Executive.” Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, CA, September 2015

“Economic Threat and Immigration in Spain: Public Opinion in a Time of Crisis” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the European Union Studies Association, Boston MA, March 2015.

“Immigration and Framing.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois, April 2013

Poster accepted for the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, New Orleans, Louisiana (meeting canceled due to hurricane), August 2012

“Rethinking Immigration Politics.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois, April 2012

Presented poster at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, San Diego, California, April 2012

Research Experience

Graduate Research Assistant, 2011-2013, 2014-2016
– Irma Rangel Public Policy Institute, University of Texas at Austin,
– Assisted with copy editing several published volumes; responsible for building dataset of U.S. representatives, votes, and district characteristics from 1966-2010; provided research on immigration issues as needed

Dissertation Field Research, 2014
– Conducted field research and interviews in Barcelona and Madrid, Spain

Awards and Fellowships

2015 Professional Development Award, University of Texas at Austin
2014 MacDonald Long Fellowship, Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin, to support field work
2013 Ph.D. Research Grant, Center for European Studies, University of Texas at Austin, to support field work
2012 Professional Development Award, University of Texas at Austin

Teaching Assistant Appointments at the University of Texas at Austin

Fall 2013 Government and Politics of Western Europe, Terri Givens
Spring 2011 Introduction to American Government, Stephen Jessee
Fall 2010 Introduction to American Government, Samuel Workman
Spring 2010 Introduction to American Government, Mijeong Baek
Fall 2009 Poverty and Politics, Henry Dietz

Language and Software Skills

Advanced Spanish; French (intermediate reading ability; basic written and spoken ability)
Software: STATA; QDAminer, WordStat (Content Analysis); Exposure to R
Programming: Basic Python; Exposure to Linux

Additional Training

Summer Statistics Institute, University of Texas at Austin
2015 Making Sense of Multivariate Data: Principal Component, Factor and Cluster Analysis
2015 Introduction to Data Mining: Methods and Practices with R and HADOOP
2013 Advanced Regression
2013 Structural Equation Modeling
2011 Common Mistakes in Using Statistics

Teaching Training

2015 Supervised Teaching in Government Seminar, Spring Semester
2014 Inclusive Classrooms Leadership Certificate Seminar

Professional Memberships

American Political Science Association, 2009- present.
Midwest Political Science Association, 2012-present.
European Union Studies Association, 2015- present.