My name is Andrea Peña-Vasquez and I am a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. I am also affiliated with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Institute for Latino Studies. My research focuses on transnational migration from Sub-Saharan Africa to Western Europe and the intersections between immigration status, race, and gender. In my dissertation, I study how varied interactions with the bureaucratic state affect the political integration of African immigrants in Spain. I will be conducting fieldwork in Madrid and Barcelona for the duration of the 2018-2019 academic year.
I graduated from the University of Florida in 2015, where I double-majored in Political Science and Sociology and earned my M.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 2017. I am also a Notre Dame Presidential Fellow and my work has been funded by the J. William Fulbright Foundation, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and the John J. Reilly Center.