American Politics, Public Administration/Policy, Comparative Politics
Originally from Chicago, IL, I commenced my Doctoral Studies in Political Science at FIU in Fall 2011. With regards to previous, Political Science education, I received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University, and then later briefly studied collegiate-level, Political Science at San Francisco State University to prepare for my upcoming Graduate Studies. I then attended Graduate School at the University of Illinois at Chicago where I received my Master of Arts Degree in Political Science. As a PhD Candidate, I am primarily an Americanist who focuses on 1) Political Parties, Elections & Voting Behavior, 2) The Presidency, 3) U.S. Congress, 4) Political Communication & Campaigns, and 5) Political Psychology. In Public Policy, my interests are mainly 1) Healthcare, 2) Urban Politics, 3) Political Culture, and 4) Race-Relations. My Master's Thesis was a county and state level analyses, which focused on location and presidential voting in the 2000's, and has been accepted for a book publication.
My previous, research-related, academic experience also includes 30 Conference Paper Presentations, being a Chair on 4 Conference Panels, a Discussant on 6 Conference Panels and 2 Conference Poster Sessions, as well as an Encyclopedic Entry on Political Parties. My previous teaching-related, academic experience includes being an Exam Writer & Editor, Adjunct Faculty, American Politics Tutor, Reviewer of an American Politics textbook, and after having been a Graduate Teaching Assistant for 3 years at FIU, I am currently a Graduate Instructor who has been teaching courses in American Politics for 2 years. As far as relevant, non-academic experience, I have worked on political campaigns in 6 election cycles, have 6 years of experience working in healthcare-related fields, have interned for legislators, and also have had some experience on Capitol Hill. My dissertation focuses on Presidential Elections, which specifically combines research areas of realignments, political geography, and partisan polarization, as well as the impact of political, demographic, policy, and candidate factors on presidential voting.