Andrea C. Peña-Vasquez

Andrea C. Peña-Vasquez

Fields of Study: Comparative Politics, American Politics


Areas of interest: migration and citizenship, race and ethnic politics (REP), the African diaspora

Andrea Peña-Vasquez is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science, with a focus on comparative politics, at the University of Notre Dame. She is also affiliated with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Her research interests lie at the intersection of race, migration, and governance; her dissertation explores the impact of local policymaking on the regularization of irregular African immigrants in Spain. 

She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida in 2015, with degrees in Political Science and Sociology and earned her M.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 2017. Andrea is also a Notre Dame Presidential Fellow, and her research has been funded by the J. William Fulbright Foundation, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and the John J. Reilly Center among others. Her work has been published in Politics, Groups, and Identities (PGI) as well as The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage.