About

aygkEpyD_400x400I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Loyola Marymount University. I am also the Director of the Global Policy Institute in Los Angeles. Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University’s Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance.

My research has been published or is forthcoming in journals such as the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, and the British Journal of Political Science, among other outlets.

I have also written for The Washington Post, Politico and The New Republic. And my work has been covered by, or I have provided commentary to, The New York Times, The Washington Post, FiveThirtyEight, NBC News and Reuters, among others.

My research explores how social contexts and group identities influence political preferences and behavior. I am interested in the factors that shape political inclusion, solidarity and representation in western democracies.

One stream of my work examines how economic inequality and hardship affect preferences for redistribution, immigration attitudes, and voting behavior.

In another stream I study the representation of minority groups. Most of my work focuses on sexual orientation and gender identity and explores the experiences of LGBTQ politicians.

My research has been supported by the Haas Fund Fellowship and the Royster Society of Fellows. I received a Ph.D. in political science from UNC Chapel Hill, an M.A. from the University of Bologna, and a B.A. from the University of Milan.