I am an associate professor in the Department of Government and Politics and director of the Center for Democracy and Civic Engagement at the University of Maryland.
Most recently, I was a Luce Public Fellow (2018-2020) at the Public Religion Research Institute and a UMD Advance Leadership Fellow (2019-2020). In 2010, I was a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Social Sciences (REGSS) at Duke University as a Ford Foundation Post Doctoral Fellow.
I earned my Ph.D. in political science from Louisiana State University in 2008. My research and teaching interests focus on Latino politics, youth politics, minority politics, state politics, civic engagement, and immigration. My research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation. I have presented my work at such forums as the Brookings Institute and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. I have also written for such media outlets as The Washington Post, The Hill, Reuters, and The Conversation.
I am a native of Colombia. When I was two years old, my parents immigrated to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where I grew up. I fluently speak, read, and write Spanish.