I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. I study comparative politics, political economy, and methodology with a focus on Latin America and Europe. My research examines the role of state building and elite ideology in the development of national education regimes since the 19th century. Specifically, I examine the timing and centralization of institutions of mass education in Europe and the Americas. Other research interests include the politics of redistribution, education reform, and the relationship between inequality and social conflict.

Prior to my time in Seattle, I taught 6th grade social studies, non-fiction literacy, and English language arts in Houston, Texas. I also hold a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida.