I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the The University of Southern California.
My research in American politics addresses voter behavior, electoral institutions, the politics of public policy, and political incorporation, with an emphasis on race, gender and immigrant communities.
My book manuscript, Nowhere to Run, is a national study of changing patterns of descriptive representation in American state legislatures. I examine how growing immigrant communities are reshaping the roles that race and gender play in American electoral politics. My analysis pays particular attention to the recent expansion of office holding by Asian American and Latina/o women and men. Nowhere to Run is based on my dissertation, which received the Best Dissertation Award from the Race and Ethnic Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.
Outside of the book project, my ongoing research investigates and compares the political attitudes and preferences of subgroup members from different racial groups, including men, women, immigrants and the native born.
Prior to my work as an academic, I led organizing and political campaigns in the American labor movement. I received my Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from UC Berkeley, my M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and my B.A. from Hampshire College. I was previously a member of the faculty at The Ohio State University.