I was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, a city that has shaped me both personally and academically. When I was 17, I got a scholarship to study at the Mahindra United World College in Pune, India, where I completed my International Baccalaureate diploma. After UWC, I studied at Colorado College (CC), which provided several exciting opportunities to explore my academic interests. At CC, I participated in faculty-student research on city sustainability in Birmingham, UK; studied for a semester abroad at SOAS, University of London; traveled to rural Costa Rica to learn about the socioeconomic and environmental effects of globalization; and even participated in a theater workshop on “the Art of Insurgency” in Serbia.
At UNC, I have refined my research interests and developed a passion for teaching at a university level. I have taught and been a TA for a wide range of courses including American Politics and Government, Comparative Politics, Modern Political Thought, Analyzing Public Opinion, and Contemporary Latin American Politics. One of the highlights of my experience as an educator at UNC was teaching for the UNC Correctional Education Program, which gave me the opportunity to teach a college-level course on American Politics in a prison Johnston County, NC. This was a transformative experience that pushed me to challenge myself as an educator and allowed me to contribute to the rehabilitation of my students at prison.