I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Louisiana State University where I teach courses in Comparative Politics and Latin American Politics.
I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of New Mexico in December 2012. In October 2013, I was awarded a prize for Best Dissertation by the Sociedad Mexicana de Estudios Electorales, A.C.
Some of my research interests include the study of descriptive representation, legislative behavior, electoral systems, gender quotas, election administration, Mexican Politics, Latin American Politics, and Latino Politics. I have previously published articles in The Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Electoral Studies, Political Research Quarterly, PS: Political Science & Politics, Latin American Politics & Society, Politics, Groups and Identities and Social Science Quarterly, along with several book chapters.
My current research projects examine: 1) the consequences of gender quotas, 2) agenda setting in multiparty presidential systems, 3) legislative collaboration and effectiveness, 4) best loser rule effects on women's representation, 5) the influence of candidate selection methods on legislative behavior, and 6) the underrepresentation of the working class in legislatures.