Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Fordham University Rose Hill campus in the Bronx where I teach Introduction to U.S. Politics, Racial and Ethnic Politics, Latina/x/o Politics in the U.S., and Political Participation. I am currently serving on the New York State Independent Redistricting Commission along nine other commissioners to conduct the redistricting process for the 2020 cycle.
I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science a the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, where I conducted research in the fields of American politics, political psychology and survey methods. My research interests cover a range of topics including Latin@/x/Hispanic politics, Puerto Rican politics in the United States, and self-reports in survey research.
My dissertation focused 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.
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.