Yanira Rivas Pineda

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Graduate Student

Office Hours

Wednesday, 4:15-5:15 pm & Thursday, 10:15am - 12:15pm

Office Location

Ellison 2809


Comparative Politics
American Politics


M.A., California State University Northridge, 2011
B.A., University of Miami, 2004

Yanira is a fifth year Political Science graduate student. Her research focuses on crime, the criminal justice system, and political participation in marginalized communities.  She has conducted research in Los Angeles and El Salvador.

Faculty Adviser: M. Kent Jennings

2015 APSA Fund for Latino Scholarship Grantee
2014-2015 Graduate Opportunity Fellow
2013-2014 Graduate Opportunity Fellow
2013 Department of Political Science Travel Grantee
2012 LASA Travel Grantee
2011 SAGE Fellow
2010 Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar 

Volunteer/Extra-Curricular Activities
Co-Advisor to UCSB’s chapter of USEU (the "Unión Salvadoreña de Estudiantes Universitarios" /Salvadoran Student Union) Fall 2015-Present
Board Vice Chair of the University of California Student Association 2015-Present
Vice President of External Affairs, Graduate Student Association at UCSB 2014-Present
Student Board Member of the University of California Student Association 2014-Present
International Election Observer, CISPES El Salvador Feb. 20-March 4, 2015
Identity Politics Search Committee Member, Department of Political Science Fall 2014
Volunteer Tutor Coordinator, School on Wheels, Inc. January-November 2014
Parent Volunteer, Dos Pueblos High School Football Program, Summer 2012-Fall 2015


Rivas Pineda, Yanira. 2015. “La Democracia Ardiente en el Pulgarcito de America.” Sinestesia 1(3): 8–9.

Rivas Pineda, Yanira. 2015. “Embracing The Spirit of a Turtle to Succeed in Graduate School.” Graduate Policy Journal 1(1): 21–22.


Courses as Teaching Assistant: 

PS 6: Introduction to Comparative Politics
PS 12: Introduction to American Government
PS 15: Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics
PS 161: U.S. Minority Politics
SOC 1: Introduction to Sociology