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Megan Dias is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Texas at Austin. She study the policies and politics of immigrant political incorporation in the United States on a local level. She explores why cities across the country have passed inclusive policies for immigrants, specifically looking at the role that immigrant-serving organizations and advocacy groups play in this process.

Prior to starting her PhD, Megan held several different roles at organizations dedicated to building more inclusive democracies. She worked at an immigrant settlement center, at a think tank, and as a “get out the vote” coordinator. For the past five years, Megan has supported the Institute of Future Legislators at the University of British Columbia.


  • –present
    Research assistant, Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions , University of British Columbia