Stephanie Puello is a PhD candidate at the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Public Affairs. Her emerging research agenda seeks to interpret and help address how public policy and administration shape the political capital, civic standing, and civic identities of targeted groups. She is interested in how such mechanisms inform patterns of engagement and political participation, perceptions of citizenship and social belonging, public trust, and collective action. She is also interested in questions concerning macro public administration, political representation, Black politics, and radical conceptions of justice.
Her dissertation examines state voting rights restoration laws for formerly incarcerated citizens, the proximal effects of such policies on voter turnout, and the moderating role of local election officials. Her dissertation is directed by Dr. Mary E. Guy. This research is supported by the MIT Election Data and Science Lab's (MEDSL) Evolving Election Administration Landscape Project and the National Civic League's (NCL) Pforzheimer Fellows Program.
Stephanie was selected as a 2023 ASPA Founders’ Fellow, a 2022 American University Summer Diversity Academy Fellow, a two-time Pforzheimer National Civic League Fellow, a 2020 APPAM Equity and Inclusion Fellow, and a 2019 Public Administration Theory Network Fellow. She served a two-year term as a Mayoral-appointed Commissioner with the City & County of Denver’s Women’s Commission, serves on Bicycle Colorado’s Board of Directors, and is an AmeriCorps VISTA alum. She earned a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Denver and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Florida International University.