Van Cott Award,
Fernando Coronil Award,
research considers issues of inequality, exclusion and representation.
I am particularly interested in exploring how economic, social and
political inequalities affect marginalized groups and undermine democratic institutions and outcomes.
I am working on a project examining how representative institutions
interact with the social structures of
economic inequality and poverty to influence how citizens, especially
the most marginalized, engage with the state in Latin America and the
Caribbean. I am particularly
interested in breaking apart income distributions to understand how
racial, ethnic, regional and gendered dynamics structure inequality and
how these structures are filtered through opportunites for
representation in ways that shape how different groups interact with
and perceive the state.
In a second collaborative project, I am
exploring how the relative power of competing interests in the U.S.
system shapes the policy process by influencing the congressional
agenda. This project employs text analysis of the Congressional Record to explore the linkages between campaign finance, political rhetoric and
the persistence of inequality in the United States.
has been supported by funding from a variety of sources including the
Russell Sage Foundation, the Pew Foundation and the Fulbright-Hays
program. In addition to my award-winning book, I have published
numerous journal articles
in outlets such as American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Politics, Latin American Research Review, Latin American Politics and Society and Politics & Gender. See my research
and papers pages for more details.
In addition, I co-direct the AmericasBarometer
survey in the Dominican Republic, and I have spoken to audiences of
experts and policymakers concerning the challenges of representation
and marginalization in Latin America.
I have taught courses
on comparative politics, political parties and party systems, the
politics of marginalization, the politics of the developing
world, Latin American politics, and research methods. My teaching interests also include democracy
and democratization, comparative public opinion, and gender and politics.
I hold a
PhD and MA in Political Science from the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill and a BA in Political Science and Modern Foreign
Languages from Wheaton College.