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I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. I am interested in the many forms that inequality within the political community takes, and, in particular, in the relationships between formal frameworks and the informal frameworks that they inform and draw from.

My dissertation research focuses on belonging and citizenship in modern democratic societies, bringing together debates of political theory and comparative politics.

More specifically, I am interested in the relationship between citizenship and political belonging, and the ways in which citizens mobilize the legal framework of the state when they seek to delineate and police the boundaries of their political communities. In my research, I explore the ramifications for political equality posed by incongruities between formal and informal belonging within contemporary democracies.

Born and raised in Mexico City, I received a BA in International Relations from El Colegio de México and an MA with honors in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, before joining the PhD program in Political Science.

My email is yunablajer@uchicago.edu