Marissa Rivera

Graduate Student


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.