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Marissa Rivera

Graduate Student

Marissa Rivera

Educational Background

  • BA, Political Science, Michigan State University (with High Honor)


I am a first year PhD student in American Politics with a minor in Political Theory and a special minor in Methodology. In 2020, I obtained my bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University with a major in Political Science and minors in Philosophy and Law, Justice, and Public Policy. As a scholar of race and ethnic politics, my research broadly focuses on how the criminal justice system disproportionately impacts the political life of communities of color. I intend to study how ordinary Americans, elites, and democratic processes are shaped by the carceral state. I am also interested in how carceral contact shapes feelings of belonging in the polity and the consequences this has on democratic citizenship for people of color.


American politics, race and ethnic politics, political behavior, public opinion, democracy,
criminal justice, incarceration


  • Government