Ph.D. CANDIDATE IN SECURITY STUDIES
GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT
CRISES AND DISASTER POLICY SCHOLAR


ABOUT ME

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Security Studies and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs at the University of Central Florida.

As a doctoral candidate, I investigate how vulnerable communities can better prepare for, respond to, and recovery from crises and disasters. I adopt a multi-discipline approach that combines political science, public policy, and security studies. I examine the implications social welfare policies, military’s humanitarian interventionism, intelligence gathering, governing institution structures, and electoral competition have on emergency management capabilities.

My expertise includes data analysis, grant writing, project management, and multi-method research involving qualitative, quantitative, and spatial analysis. I have extensive experience working in the academia, corporate, and not-for-profit sectors. My peers would describe me as an ambitious outside-of-the-box thinker, who is committed and passionate about her field. These characteristics make me an organized, efficient, and results-driven team player as well as a self-starter.

Currently, I am seeking opportunities that will allow me to research the effects of social welfare policy gaps on disaster recovery, the implications of healthcare access disparities among minority and vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States and the Caribbean, and the evolution of civil-military humanitarian coordination as a tool of soft and projection of power. Specific fields of interest include academia and research institutes where I can further my research and conduct post-disaster fieldwork; and private and not-for-profit entities where I can devote my expertise to analyze and improve policies and practices in these fields.