I was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where I graduated summa cum laude from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus with a BA in Political Science. I earned an MA in Government in 2013, and in 2016 I will be the first Puerto Rican to receive a Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University.
In January 2016, I joined Southern Methodist University (SMU) as a Post-Doctoral Latino Politics Fellow at the J. G. Tower Center for Political Studies and the Latino Center for Leadership Development (LCLD) Policy Institute in Dallas. My research focus is on Latino Politics, immigration, public opinion, and participation.
In my free time, I enjoy reading poetry (Julia de Burgos is my literary hero), trying new foods, and Salsa dancing.