About Me

I hold a PhD in political science from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, where my research focused on gender and migrant remittances. I currently serve as postdoctoral associate in fellowship advising at GradFund. I have a MA in political science and a BA, highest honours, in political science with a minor in history, both from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. My love of fresh challenges has led me to master a wide range of skills, from diverse qualitative and quantitative research approaches, to web development, database management and data visualization.

Through my research and training as a graduate student, as well as my employment as a research assistant and fellowship advisor, I have gained practical experience and formal training in a wide range of research methodologies and tools. My doctoral dissertation takes a multi-methods approach, incorporating techniques ranging from close reading to social network analysis to statistical analysis. As a research assistant, I have designed and carried out a wide range of research projects, including survey instrument design, analysis of large data sets, and done extensive close reading and historical analysis.

As a fellowship advisor, I worked with over 400 graduate students from more than 60 different graduate programs, helping them to locate funding resources, plan ways to integrate fellowship and grant applications into their graduate careers, and provided feedback and guidance on funding applications in progress. I also created and maintain our website (including our funding database search and meeting scheduling system) and internal filemaker database.


Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

PhD in Political Science , January 2017

My dissertation focused on the gendered political economy of transnational migration and remittance economies. I explored the ways in which understandings of transnational membership and citizenship are being developed in the growing body of knowledge and policy prescription created by the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the International Labor Organization as they respond to the growing importance of and interest in remittance flows.

Carleton University

M.A. in Political Science October 2007

I completed substantial coursework in international political economy, American politics, nationalism, and feminist theory and wrote a major research paper exploring relationships of migration and remittance-sending to gendered citizenship and women’s political participation in Haiti, Mexico, El Salvador, and the United States.

Carleton University

B.A. in Political Science May 2005

I graduated with highest honours, and completed an honours thesis that examined the ways in which ideas of citizenship and gender played out in the regulation, conduct and protest of maquiladoras along the Mexico-U.S. border. I also completed a minor in history.


GradFund, an office of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Fellowship Advisor May 2011 - Present

  • Performed operational research, including survey design and statistical analysis of our operations and effectiveness. I designed and completed two original research projects: a content analysis of Graduate Student their descriptions of research and goals which allowed us to refine our presentation of services and database search, and a comparative institutional analysis of factors leading to success in Fulbright Hays competitions.
  • As a fellowship advisor, I assist graduate students in locating and applying for external merit-based fellowships and grants. I have had more than 600 meetings with students from more than 60 graduate programs.
  • I developed and maintain an internal Filemaker database. This client-facing database of students and alumni, faculty, meetings, awards, and funders supports our daily activities and greatly facilitates evaluating the reach and effectiveness of our work with students.
  • Played a key role in the redesign of the innovative GradFund website and online database. I developed new features, including a personal award list and profile page for success stories, and was instrumental in the development of a modern, responsive interface.
  • Designed program curriculum, developed new online content, and created innovative online proposal-writing tutorials.
  • Played a leadership role on the fellowship advising team, including the training of new colleagues and the development of training materials.

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Research Assistant to Prof. Cynthia Daniels December 2009 - Present

I have performed a wide variety of research tasks, most recently acting as a survey design and statistical consultant on a project examining state-level legislation on medical informed consent in the United States. I have also compiled literature reviews, both of social science and of relevant biological scientific literature. I am proud to have created a website to showcase this research project.

Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

Research Assistant to Prof. Jill Vickers May 2005 to December 2011

Performed a variety of research-related tasks, including analysis of empirical and longitudinal data, for Professor Vickers’ projects on race, nationalism, gender and federalism.

Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

Program Facilitator for the Center for Initiatives in Education May 2003 to April 2006

Planned and ran weekly workshops to provide content review and teach study skills to new students with diverse learning needs. In my third year I became a Team Leader, training and advising new facilitators.


  • Presidential Fellow at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, 2007 – 2012
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship, 2007 - 2011
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2006-2007
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Graduate Scholarship, 2005-2006
  • Ontario Government Scholarship, 2005-2006 (Declined)
  • Awarded three entrance scholarships when starting my graduate studies at Carleton University:
    • Dean of Graduate studies Entrance Scholarship for Academic Excellence
    • Carleton University Political Science Entrance Scholarship for Academic Excellence
    • Graduate Studies Scholarship
  • Teaching assistant of the year in the Carleton University Department of Political Science, 2005-2006


In my dissertation I explored the ways in which gendered understandings of transnational membership and citizenship are being developed in the growing body of knowledge and policy prescription created by International Organizations as they respond to the growing importance of and interest in remittance flows. I took a multi-methods approach to analyzing my nearly 9000 compiled source documents (which range from social media posts to white papers to formal project agreements), including close reading, traditional and broad-brush qualitative coding, multivariate statistical analysis, and social network analysis.


  • Web design and programming skills, including the ability to work in HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, Java Script, PHP, Bootstrap and Python.
  • Experience developing database solutions, with an emphasis on finding practical and efficient ways to support the core functions of the workplace. I am highly proficient with Filemaker Pro, and am also able to use SQL (both Oracle and MySQL distributions).
  • Expert in a wide range of research tools to support qualitative and quantitative research, including Nvivo, Atlas Ti, SPSS, R, and STATA.
  • Advanced qualitative and quantitative research skills, including content analysis, survey design, and statistical analysis.
  • Intermediate French speaker/reader/writer, and can read Spanish


with Cynthia Daniels, Amanda Roberti, and Grace Howard ‘Informed or Misinformed Consent? Abortion Policy in the States’ Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. Forthcoming, December 2015.

with Teresa M. Delcorso ‘Strategies and Techniques for Fellowship Advising at the Graduate Level’ presented at the biennial meeting of the National Association of Fellowship Advisors, San Francisco, CA, 17 July 2015.

‘The World Bank Blogs: Remittances, Migration and the Gendered Meanings of Transnational Membership at the World Bank 2.0’ presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, 29 August 2013.

‘Transnational Localities: Federalism and the Gendered Politics of Citizenship in Central Mexico’ in Federalism, Feminism and Multilevel Governance, edited by Melissa Haussman, Marian Sawer and Jill Vickers, 199- 210. Farnham: Ashgate, 2010.

‘Transnational Representation? Citizenship, Membership and the Politics of Inclusion in Transnational Mexican State Institutions’ presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association, 3 June 2010, Montreal, QC, Canada.

‘(Re-)Bordering Migration: Transnationalism, the State and the Gendered Politics of Remittances’ presented at a the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, New York, NY, 15 February, 2009.

‘Transnational Localities: Federalism, Citizenship, and Gender in Central Mexico’ presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, 31 August 2008, Boston, MA, United States.

‘Buying In and Getting Out: Remittances, Citizenship and Gender in Transnational El Salvador’ presented at the annual meeting of the National Women’s Studies Association, 21 June 2008, Cincinnati, OH, United States.

‘Gendered Accounts: Transnationalism, States, and the Politics of Remittances’ poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association, 4 June 2008, Vancouver, Canada.

‘Times and Places: Measuring Women’s Presence in State Institutions’ presented to Women Friendly Democracy: A Conference in Honor of Jill Vickers, 9 November 2007, Carleton University, Ottawa.

‘Building Republics of Virtue: Class, Race and Women’s Power in Urban Argentina and Mexico at the Turn of the Century’ presented to the Twelfth Annual Underhill Graduate Student Colloquium: An Interdisciplinary Symposium in History, 12 February 2006, Carleton University, Ottawa.

‘Making it Small: Citizenship and Identity in Bolivian Microcredit Programs’ presented to the Institute of Political Economy’s Seventh Annual Graduate Student Conference: Changing Global Dynamics: Struggles and Identities, 6 April 2006, Carleton University, Ottawa.


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