Romelia Solano

Romelia Solano

Fields of Study: American Politics, Comparative Politics


Areas of interest: political behavior, race and ethnicity politics, policing, political violence, and empirical methods


Romelia Solano is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. In fall 2022, she will be a non-residential fellow at the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at Harvard University. Her doctoral research on immigrant detention is funded by a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant and a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship. 

Her empirical strategy leverages interviews with formerly detained immigrants and their networks, large-n survey data, administrative data, and causal inference techniques to develop and test a theory of individual and group responses to traumatic experiences with the repressive face of government.

Her research has been published in Politics, Groups, and Identities, and the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics. In addition, she has contributed to outlets like the Washington Post. She holds an M.A. in Political Science from Notre Dame. Before Notre Dame, she graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and Latino Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.