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Viviana Rivera-Burgos is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Columbia University, where she specializes in American politics. Her dissertation focuses on minority politics, namely, the formation of white Americans' preferences over race-targeted social policies, and the relationship between those preferences and public policy. She is also studying "co-minority" bias, a term that refers to the responsiveness of minority legislators to constituents of other minority groups. Her research has been funded by the Center on African American Politics and Society.
Viviana is committed to diversity and inclusion in academia. She is the co-chair of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences' Students of Color Alliance and has worked with the Office of Academic Diversity's Summer Research Program as a graduate student mentor to underrepresented undergraduate students from across the country.
Before coming to Columbia, Viviana was valedictorian of the 2014 graduating class of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, where she majored in political science and history. In 2013, she was a research fellow at the GSAS-Leadership Alliance Research Program at Columbia University. She has also worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and for the Earth Institute, conducting surveys about the impact of climate change on agricultural practices among farmers in Puerto Rico and Jamaica, respectively.