I am an assistant professor of political science at the University of Texas in Arlington. Previously I taught at the College of the Holy Cross was a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research at Tulane University. I study how teachers’ unions mobilize in politics and influence policy, with a comparative focus on Latin America. My research sheds light on broader dynamics of education policy-making, labor politics, and democratic governance. I use multiple research methods and sources of data to tackle research questions, including survey data, interviews, focus groups, and historical archives. In 2017, I earned a PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. My research has been supported by the NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship.