Kimberly Cardenas

Ph.D. Student in American Politics

Kim Cárdenas is a PhD Student at the University of Pennsylvania, where she specializes in American and Comparative Politics and a student with the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Graduate Certificate Program.  She has been recognized as a Fontaine Fellow, National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, and American Political Science Association Minority Fellow.

Her research agenda seeks to explain the emergence and consequences of group formation, identities, and social movements in the US and Latin America. In particular, she is interested in the ways gender and sexuality complicate ethnic identity and movements. Currently, her ongoing research project investigates how queer Latinx identifiying individuals make meanings of politics through a lens of cross-cutting identity. Given her interest in transnational Latinx studies, her work seeks to expand to Brazil and Mexico to examine how LGBTQ and feminist social movements have laid claims to the state and altered state-society relations.

Prior to joining the Political Science program at the University of Pennsylvania, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government with minors in Latinx and Latin American Studies from Cornell University in 2017. Kim is the first one in her family to receive a college degree, and was born and raised in La Puente, California to Mexican immigrants.

University of Pennsylvania
The Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics
133 S. 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6215
Phone: (215) 898-7641

Nicholas Sambanis Chair
Alex Weisiger Graduate Chair
Daniel Hopkins Undergraduate Chair