Andrea Junqueira received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Texas A&M University in 2022. Her research focuses on the intersection between economic development, representation, and comparative public policy. In her book project "Why So Tough? Understanding the Politics Behind Agressive Crime-Fighting Policies," she examines how poverty and income inequality affect democratic politics in developing countries, focusing on their consequences for security policy. She is also producing research in the areas of urban politics, gender and racial politics, and political methodology. As a postdoctoral researcher at the Weidenbaum Center, she works with Professors Matthew Gabel (Political Science/Weidenbaum Center) and Brian Crisp (Political Science/National Science Foundation), on a project exploring how the spatial distribution of minority groups affects local-level representation.