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Andrea Peña-Vasquez received her Ph.D. in political science with a concentration in comparative politics from the University of Notre Dame, and her B.A. in political science and sociology from the University of Florida. Her research focuses broadly on topics of migration and citizenship in both Sub-Saharan Africa and Western Europe, and she is especially interested in the intersection between race, legal status, and governance. She is currently working on a project that explores how municipal policymaking affects the access to residence permits among African immigrants in Spain. Her work has been supported by the J. William Fulbright Foundation and has been featured in The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage and Politics, Groups, and Identities.

Recent Courses Taught

The Politics of Asylum

Research Interests

Migration, Citizenship, Race & Ethnic Politics (REP), Institutions, Black European Studies, Iberia, Sub-Saharan Africa & the African Diaspora

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Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
M.A., University of Notre Dame
B.A., University of Florida

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