I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Colorado State University-Pueblo. In my role, I serve as the Director of the Southern Colorado Center for Public Policy and Affairs. I also teach courses in American Politics, Public Policy, State and Local Politics, Latino Politics, and Racial and Ethnic Politics.
My co-authored work has been published in the Journal of Urban Affairs, the Journal of Law and Courts, and the California Journal of Politics and Policy. I have previously worked in the California State Legislature and the Urban Policy Lab at UC Merced where I assisted in research on racial segregation in the Bay Area of California.
My dissertation, "Measuring Communidad: Latino Serving Organizations and Latino Political Participation" explores how local-level Latino community organizations increase Latino voter turnout and cohesion by mobilizing resources and building community among Latinos.