Welcome to my page. I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Associate Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies. From January 2020 to September 2021 I was the President of the University of Houston Faculty Senate.  I earned my Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University where I previously earned a Master’s degree in public Administration and Public Policy from the School of International and Public Affairs. I focus on Latino politics, survey research, immigration, and quantitative methods.

Academic Positions

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. 2007

    Ph.D. in Political Science

    Columbia University

  • M.Phil 2006

    M. Phil. in Political Science

    Columbia University

  • M.A. 2003

    M.A. in Public Administration

    Columbia University

  • B.A. 1997

    Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration

    Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), Mexico City

  • Diploma 1996

    Diploma in Government and Public Policy

    Universidad Iberoamericana, México City

  • Diploma 1995

    Diploma in Religions of the World

    Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), México City

Fellowships & Grants

  • 2006-2014
    United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), New York, NY
  • 2011
    Americas Society, New York, NY
  • 2010
    New Faculty Research Grant, University of Houston
  • 2006-2007
    ISERP Graduate Fellow, Columbia University
  • 2005-2006
    Schiff Fellow, Columbia University
  • Summer 2005
    GIS Fellow, Columbia University
  • 2005
    Beca Complemento Secretara de Educacion Publica
  • 2003-2005
    Faculty Fellow, Columbia University