I am a third-year PhD student in the department of Political Science, a Kellogg Institute Doctoral Student Affiliate, and a University Presidential Fellow. My research focuses on transnational migration from Sub-Saharan Africa to Western Europe. I am primarily interested in the factors that promote or inhibit the social, political, and economic integration of immigrants in their new societies. I graduated from the University of Florida in 2011, where I double-majored in Political Science and Sociology and obtained my M.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 2017.

Thematic Interests

I am interested in the politics of migration, citizenship, and identity. Furthermore, I am interested in how dynamics of migration intersect with gender, race and ethnicity, and religion. My dissertation will consider how religious institutions and social networks either facilitate the integration immigrants or lead to their social isolation and exclusion to ethnic enclaves.


Upcoming Events


February 20
Pope Francis’s Vision of International Politics and Diplomacy
Jodok Troy
February 20
Reading Group on Lying and Truthfulness - Feb 20 Meeting
Working Groups, Reading Group on Lying and Truthfulness


February 21
Lynching and the Politics of State Formation in POst-Revolutionary Puebla (1930-1950)
Working Groups, Peace, Conflict, Crime & Violence Workshop
Gema Santamaría


February 22
The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed Bishop Gerardi?
Francisco Goldman


February 23 to February 24
2018 Human Development Conference
Conferences/Workshops, Undergraduate Programs
Abigail Midlige, Tommy Emmet