Vivian Ferrillo is a first-year student in the political science Ph.D. program. She is interested in exploring American political and economic topics using quantitative methods. Her papers have explored Indiana tax structure's relationship with the health of local communitites as well as the history of trade liberalization in the global economy. Vivian worked in the Indiana Senate during the 2014 legislative sesssion, and this experience has heavily influenced her research. A native of Boston, Massachusettes, she studied music performance and political science at Indiana University during her undergraduate career.