About Me

Bianca Vicuña is a PhD Candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In 2018, Bianca graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BSA in Neuroscience (Honors) and a BA in Iberian and Latin American Languages and Cultures. In 2021, she obtained a MA in Political Science from UCLA. Her research focuses on political psychology, with a particular emphasis on examining how the social identities of disadvantaged groups affect their political attitudes and behavior. Bianca’s dissertation examines the psychological mechanisms that lead to women of color’s engagement in efforts to achieve gender equality. Her work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, Political Behavior, and Politics, Groups, and Identities.

Bianca has been awarded multiple prestigious research grants and fellowships to support her research, including the Russell Sage Foundation Dissertation grant, the UCLA Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, the APSA Minority Fellowship, the Hoffenberg Research Fellowship, and the UCLA Dean’s Fund for the Study of Diversity and Racial Inequality.

She is currently working as the Managing Editor of Advances in Political Psychology.

Contact Information: bvicuna95@g.ucla.edu