Andrea Peña-Vasquez - 2015-2016 Minority Fellowship Program
Juan Valdez

Andrea Peña-Vasquez. is a fourth-year undergraduate student double-majoring in Political Science and Sociology at the University of Florida. She has been involved in the Sociology Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Psi, and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, for which she was selected to take part in for the 2014-2015 cohort. As a McNair Scholar, her research focuses on the effect of religious identification and behavior on disposition towards the Tea Party. Her research interests include religion and politics, social movements, and political parties. While her current research is rooted in the United States, Andrea is interested in studying comparative politics. During her semester-long study abroad experience in the Czech Republic, she became further interested in the politics of the European Union during processes of expansion and integration. In graduate school, she plans to continue studying the intersection between religion and politics comparatively, specifically the roles of religious groups in various European nationalist movements and parties.