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.
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.
Student-run Forum Helps Grad Students Prepare for Academic Careers
Oct 1, 2020
The student-run Comparative Politics Workshop started in 2010 and provides unique professionalization opportunities for graduate students. The initiative expanded its offerings this year to meet the unique needs of students during the coronavirus pandemic.
Peña-Vasquez Discusses the Multiracial Identity of Barack Obama and Kamala Harris
Sep 16, 2020
Doctoral Student Affiliate Andrea Peña-Vasquez (political science) co-authored a Washington Post Monkey Cage analysis titled, “Barack Obama and Kamala Harris Both Identify as Black.