Erika Vallejo

Erika  Vallejo
  • CLS Graduate Certificate Student


Erika Vallejo is an RGV native from Texas. She is a Doctoral Candidate (ABD) in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University. She is also a graduate student of the Chicano/Latino and Women's & Gender Studies Certificate Programs. She obtained her B.A. in political science and philosophy (with honors) from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and an M.A. in political science from Michigan State University.

She studies American politics, specifically state and local candidates and politicians with an intersectional approach that examines race/ethnicity, gender and class.

She is a 2020 American Political Science Association (APSA) Minority Fellow and a 2023-2034 recipient of the Julian Samora Endowed Scholarship. Her current work has been co-published in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage. For more information, visit her website