During the summer of 2019, I received training at the American Political Science Association's Institute for Civically Engaged Research (ICER) at Tufts University (pictured left). This training supports my broad scholarly agenda of connecting political science research and the communities that are often the central focus of my studies. Currently, I am acting as guest editor and author of a symposium project that arose out of this institute. This symposium focuses on different aspects of civically engaged research (CER) and serves as a platform in which to catalyze discipline wide discussions on how political science research can make positive contributions to society whilst collaborating with community organizations and public actors.
Conducting CER with youth and civic organizations is a strong pillar of my research agenda. I am currently collaborating with a community partnership in Lawrence Township, MA in an early college program that aims to give high-achieving high-school students in immigrant communities a chance to receive extra support in preparing for college. These students take my U.S. Politics course at Merrimack College. During this course, I have the privilege of working with the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Education and Social Policy, and the teachers at Abbot Lawrence Academy on developing these students into young adults who possess the tools and the enthusiasm for civic engagement while gaining the academic sills necessary to be successful in college. The research that will arise out of this partnership will aid any actors that work on projects related to fostering student success at the collegiate level and promoting civic activism, especially among a diverse student body.
I am also collaborating with the organization FairVote on developing a research project that investigates how electoral reforms can increase turnout and engagement with politics in the United States. Specifically, our goal is to understand the efficacy of ranked choice and approval voting reforms in increasing voters' satisfaction with democracy and electoral outcomes using a series of survey experiments coupled with qualitative interviews.