Andrea C. Peña-Vasquez

Andrea C. Peña-Vasquez

Fields of Study: Comparative Politics, American Politics


Areas of interest: Immigration, race and ethnic politics, gender

Andrea is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, with a focus on comparative politics. She is affiliated with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Institute for Latino Studies, and the Investigations in Sociology of Religion (ISOR) group at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Her research interests include transnational migration from Sub-Saharan Africa to Western Europe and the intersections between immigration status, race/ethnicity, and gender. In her dissertation research, she studies how the municipal registry system affects the political integration of African immigrants across Spain. Andrea will be conducting fieldwork in Madrid and Barcelona for the duration of the 2019-2020 academic year.

She graduated from the University of Florida in 2015, where she double-majored 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 Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and the John J. Reilly Center. Her work has been published in Surveyjournalen and Politics, Groups, and Identities (PGI).