Fields of Study: American Politics, Comparative Politics
Areas of interest: Citizenship, immigration policy, immigrant policing and detention, political identity formation, racial ethnic politics, and qualitative research methods
Romelia Solano is a Ph.D. student in Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. She is a Gaia Research Fellow with the Institute for Latino Studies. She joined the department after earning her B.A. in Political Science and Latinos Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2016.
Her mixed methods dissertation examines variation in immigrant responses to direct or vicarious state contact through heighten immigration enforcement, and the efficacy of the strategies that immigrants, immigrant rights advocates, and sanctuary jurisdictions employ to mitigate state contact and promote immigrant safety.
Her research on Latino vote choice and mobilization in the 2016 presidential election has been published in the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics and Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies.