I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard University. My research focuses on contemporary U.S. immigration policy and politics, especially the internationalization of U.S. migration control. I apply approaches and methods from the fields of bureaucratic politics, organizational behavior, and international cooperation to the study of U.S. migration control.

In the Fall of 2020, I will join the School of Politics and Global Studies and the Center for Latina/os and American Politics Research at Arizona State University (ASU). I will join ASU as a postdoctoral researcher (2020-2021) and will begin an Assistant Professor position in the 2021-2022 academic year. 

In the 2019-2020 academic year, I will be a Radciffe Dissertation Completion Fellow. During my time at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, I will complete my dissertation, titled:  “Exporting Borders: The Domestic and International Politics of Migration Control.” In my dissertation, I examine the bureaucratic drivers of U.S. efforts to control migration beyond U.S. borders, and the conditions under which Mexican and U.S. bureaucracies cooperate.

My dissertation research and graduate work has been made possible through the support of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy, the School of Global Policy and Strategy's Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego, the Ford Foundation Fellowship, and the APSA Minority Fellows Program.

I received the 2019 Derek C. Bok Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching of Undergraduates, and have experience teaching for courses on borders and immigration, survey methodology, and qualitative research methods.

As a first-generation college student, I attended Rice University, from where I earned a B.A. in Political Science and Policy Studies. I am grateful for the support of the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute, the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, the Hispanic Scholarship Consortium.

I am the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants from San Luis Potosí. And I am proud to be from my hometown, Lockhart, Texas.