Aura Gonzalez

Graduate Student


My name is Aura Gonzalez and I am a PhD student in the Department of Government at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. I began my studies in the Fall of 2021, where my primary subfield concentration is in comparative politics. I am broadly interested in the areas of development, electoral politics, identity, climate change, and migration. I have a regional interest in South Asia.

Prior to starting at Cornell, I worked as a research assistant at Columbia University and the University of California, San Diego, where I assisted on several randomized control trials, observational studies, survey experiments, and mixed-methods papers. I am an American Political Science Association Fall Diversity Fellow for 2021-2022.

I received my BA in international studies: political science and music: violin performance from the University of California, San Diego in 2020, and earned AA degrees in physics, economics, and Japanese from San Diego Mesa College in 2017.