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M. Paz Avila, Co-Organizer

Paz is a Ph.D. Student in the Department of Government at The University of Texas at Austin, conducting research at the intersection of Comparative Politics and Public Law, with particular emphasis on the ongoing processes of constitutional change in Latin America. Paz holds an LL.M. in Legal Theory from New York University, an LL.M. in Constitutional Law, and an LL.B. from universities in her home country Ecuador. She has more than 10 years of experience, having worked as clerk at the Constitutional Court of Ecuador, as visiting professional at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica, and as visiting scholar at Boston College Law School. Paz can be reached at paz.avila@utexas.edu.

Maraam Dwidar, Co-Organizer

Maraam is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Government at The University of Texas at Austin, specializing in American Politics and Public Policy. Her research examines policy processes, minority representation, organized interests, and bureaucratic politics. She is also the former Director of Undergraduate Research for the Policy Agendas Project, housed at the University of Texas. She received her M.A. in Government from The University of Texas at Austin and her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Davis. Maraam can be reached at mdwidar@utexas.edu.

Klara Fredriksson, Co-Organizer

Klara is a PhD Student in the Department of Government at The University of Texas at Austin, specializing in American Politics and Methods. She works in political behavior and political psychology, focusing especially on racial attitudes and attitude formation on voting rights policy. She received her B.Sc. in Political Science and Economics from Lund University in 2017. Klara can be reached at fredriksson@utexas.edu.

Iasmin Goes, Co-Organizer

Iasmin is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Government at The University of Texas at Austin, focusing on the political economy of developing countries. Her research uses formal and statistical methods to understand how natural resource wealth affects social policy, public budgets, and financial markets. She received her M.S. in Statistics from the University of Texas and also holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies and a B.A. in Political Science, both from the Free University of Berlin. Iasmin can be reached at iasmin@utexas.edu.

Sarah Heise, Co-Organizer

Sarah is a Ph.D. Student in the Department of Government at The University of Texas at Austin studying American Politics and Political Methodology. Her research examines voting behavior and public opinion, specifically, issue ownership and cognitive heuristics. She is also a Data Analyst for the Texas Polling Project. She received her B.A. from Tulane University in 2018. Sarah can be reached at sheise@utexas.edu.


WIPS members celebrating the start of a new academic year.

Graduate students Klara Fredriksson, Laura Quaglia, and Megan Farrell at a WIPS event.

Iasmin Goes introduces Dr. Beth Simmons as part of WIPS' 2019 Speaker Series.

Iasmin Goes introduces Dr. Beth Simmons during her visit to the 2019-2020 WIPS Speaker Series.

WIPS members celebrating the end of the semester.


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