I am a third year doctoral student in the Department of Political Science here at Berkeley. Broadly, my interests are in race and politics, with particular interests in Black politics, coalition and conflict between communities of color, public health, and the politics of representation. My dissertation project, Corrupting the Conscience: The Congressional Black Caucus and Constraints of Black Politics, looks at why, even in spite of increasing influence and seniority, the Congressional Black Caucus does not account for corresponding gains for Black communities around the country. My research has been published or is forthcoming in Sociological Forum, The Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law and Politics, Groups, and Identities. I am also the author of Latino Politics, 3rd. Edition w/ Professor Lisa Garcia Bedolla.