I am currently a Ph.D. Candidate and Provost's Fellow at the University of Southern California (USC) in Political Science and International Relations, with previous bachelor’s and master’s degrees specializing in Psychology and Anthropology from USC and the University of Chicago, respectively. My research sits at the intersection of Comparative Politics and International Political Economy, with a focus on International Development. I have additionally completed two Graduate Certificates: Social Science Research Methods, and International Policy & Planning from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.
I was awarded a U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Fellowship to conduct fieldwork in Costa Rica, hosted by CATIE (Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza), and a USC Research Enhancement Fellowship for fieldwork in Mauritius and Malaysia. I have served as a Consultant at the World Bank Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) unit in the Development Research Group, currently working on research projects related to project evaluation.
I have been heavily involved in mentoring and initiatives serving underrepresented groups in academia for over a decade. As a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and first-generation college student myself, I have helped with current initiatives and/or developed new ones while at USC, as well as in my previous positions as Director of International Partnerships & Education at the University of North Texas, and the Director of University Programs for a study abroad program in Argentina.
Outside the classroom, I love all things food-related, hiking and trying adventure sports, travel, singing in choral groups, and dabbling in aerial silks. Outreach has always been an important part of my life; more recently I have been a math tutor for kindergartners in Spanish, guided folks at the annual Skid Row Carnival of Love, and managed the recycling and environmental education program volunteers at the Coachella music festival. Spanish-born and raised in the U.S., I’ve lived in four countries on three continents, and have traveled/worked in approximately 35 countries.