Aileen Cardona Arroyo

Postdoctoral Fellow for
Tower Center for Political Studies

Ph.D., Cornell
Carr Collins Hall 316C

Aileen joined Southern Methodist University as a Post-Doctoral Latino Politics Fellow at the J. G. Tower Center for Political Studies. At SMU, Aileen will be conducting research on Latino politics and immigration, teaching courses on Latino politics and working closely with the Latino Center for Leadership Development (LCLD) in Dallas.

A native of San Juan, PR, Aileen Cardona-Arroyo graduated summa cum laude from the Political Science Department at the University of Puerto Rico (Río Piedras Campus) in 2009. She then went on to earn an MA in Government from Cornell University in 2013 and in 2016 Aileen will become the first Puerto Rican woman to receive a Ph.D in Government from Cornell University. Her Dissertation, titled Framing Matters: Immigration, the Media and Public Opinion, explores the ways in which media coverage on immigration shapes the American public’s policy attitudes on the issue. In addition to Aileen’s ongoing research on media framing and immigration, she also conducts research on Latino partisanship, political participation and public opinion.