Miriam Jiménez specializes in the study of American political institutions and the incorporation of Latinos and other immigrants within the American political system. She received her Ph.D. from the City University of New York Graduate Center and holds degrees in political science and international relations from Columbia University. She is the author of the book Inventive Politicians and Ethnic Ascent in American Politics. The Uphill Elections of Italians and Mexicans to the U.S. Congress (Routledge, Taylor & Francis, 2015). Dr. Jiménez has served at DePaul University, in Chicago, and at the State University of New York, the City University of New York, and Fordham University. As an interdisciplinary scholar, she uses perspectives from political science, sociology, social psychology, and history. Her research interests include federal, state, and urban politics, race and ethnicity, and the multidimensionality of immigration.