pix_106I am a PhD candidate in the department of Political Science and a Masters student in Statistics at the University of California, Los Angeles. I am currently a Doctoral Fellow at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago, Illinois (Fall 2016 – Spring 2018), where I am completing my dissertation with funding from the American Bar Foundation, National Science Foundation, and the Law and Society Association.

My doctoral project, Police, Place, and Politics: Municipal Political Economy and the Politics of Policing, 1) argues that defining characteristics of contemporary police policy can be understood as derivatives of larger changes in municipal political economy, such as gentrification and the suburbanization of poverty, 2) characterizes the effect police policy can have on political behavior, particularly among racial and ethnic minorities and, 3) explores the extent to which the relationships it identifies between municipal political economy, policing, race, and political behavior are unique to the United States or generalize to other national contexts, such as Britain.

In other projects, I explore the politics of homelessness in American cities and suburbs and compare the political consequences of racial group consciousness in the United States, Europe, and Latin America.