I was the 2018-2020 Brazil Studies Association president. In 2018, I published the book "The Politics of Blackness: Racial Identity and Political Behavior in Contemporary Brazil" (Cambridge University Press). I have published articles in Latin American Politics & Society, The National Political Science Review, Journal of Identity, Groups, and Politics, the Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies journal, and the Journal of Black Studies. I am currently the National Co-Coordinator for the United States Network for Democracy in Brazil. My research areas are Afro-Brazilian political behavior, discrimination, racial and gender policies, and social welfare policies.