I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, where I conducted research in the fields of American politics, political psychology and survey methods. My research focuses on turnout overreports in political surveys. More specifically, I study how turnout overreports affect predictive models of participation, testing the assumption that overreports are caused by socially desirable responding, and identifying the external (social & contextual) and internal (psychological) motivations for falsely reporting participation in elections. My research interests cover a range of topics including Latin@/Hispanic politics, congressional representation, and protest politics.
I hold a Masters of Professional Studies in Political Management from the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico – Río Piedras. I am also an alumnus from the APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute held at Duke University.
My main source of data is the Cooperative Congressional Election Study (CCES), a 50,000+ person online survey, for which I have created multiple supplementary datasets with accompanying codebooks that can be downloaded from the CCES dataverse. These include data regarding the race and ethnicity of candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010, 2012 and 2014.