I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Associate Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Houston.  I earned a 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 have also served as a senior consultant to UNICEF, UN/DESA and the United Nations Global Migration Group. I specialize on immigration, political behavior, development, survey research, and quantitative methods. My work has been published by Cambridge University Press, Columbia University Press, and Princeton University Press as well as in scholarly and policy journals such as American Politics Review, Policy Studies Journal, Social Science Quarterly, Migration and Development and Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica (formerly Foreign Affairs en Español).


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