Carolina is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science. Her research interests include reproductive policy, the mobilization of evidence and expertise in the policy process, social movements, and gender and politics. Carolina’s dissertation investigates the relationship between fertility services, human life, ethics, and family in various political and social contexts. Her research examines the range of legislative approaches and advocacy efforts seeking to limit assisted reproductive technologies in countries of the European Union.
Carolina has been awarded the Joseph P. Harris Fellowship, and the Walter Thompson Scholarship in Political Science to fund her dissertation work during the 2017-2018 academic year. She is also a 2017-2018 Doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy & Social Research. In the past, her research has also been supported by the Doctoral Student Research Fund at the University of Kansas.
Carolina has taught courses in Public Policy and Women and Politics, and has led discussion sections for Comparative Politics and International Relations classes. In 2017, Carolina received the Bernstein Award for Future Faculty from the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Kansas. This award recognizes a KU graduate student who has approached teaching as inquiry into learning. She was also honored as the 2017 Outstanding Woman Educator by the Emily Taylor Center. This award recognizes a woman-identified instructor who, through outstanding teaching skills, has contributed to the academic and personal growth of KU students.