My general area is American Politics, but the main focus of my research explores the intersection of Legislative studies and racial and ethnic politics. In particular, I explore how elected officials use the various tools available to represent (or not represent) the interests of their constituents. Specifically, I examine how factors such as district composition, legislator ethnicity, and political context work together to shape how legislators speak and behave.
While much of my research focuses specifically on the Latino population, I also examine legislative behavior more generally, focusing on the activities members of Congress employ to reap benefits for their constituents. The methodological approaches I employ are primarily quantitative; relying on large original datasets built around quantitative content analysis of legislative speech, writings, and recorded behavior.
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