Vierelina joined SIPA in the Fall of 2016 as a McNair Fellow. She completed her undergraduate degree in Chicago at DePaul University and is currently completing a combined M.A./Ph.D. program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (M.A.) and International Relations (PhD). She has studied and collaborated with various universities across Latin America, including the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), the Universidad Panamericana (Guadalajara), and the Universidad Piloto de Colombia. Her research interests focus on international political economy, wealth inequality, the welfare state and gender in Latin America.