I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard University. My research examines contemporary U.S. immigration enforcement from a bureaucratic and international perspective. In the 2019-2020 academic year, I will be a Radciffe Dissertation Completion Fellow.

In my dissertation, “Exporting Borders: The Domestic and International Politics of Migration Control,” 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 co-authored work examining organizational political outreach strategies is published in Political Science Quarterly. To facilitate cross-subfield political science research on migration, I founded the Migration Politics Research Workshop in the Department of Government at Harvard.

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, and my hometown Lockhart, Texas.