Breanna Gray

Breanna Gray

Ph.D. Student in American Politics

Breanna Gray is a doctoral candidate, a Benjamin Franklin Fellow, and a Fontaine Society Fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania.  Breanna’s research areas include the contemporary (post-1990) United States Congress, congressional rules and procedures, and the ways in which changes made in the contemporary U.S. Congress have influenced public policy outcomes—especially for communities of color, for women, and for low-income neighborhoods.  During her time at Penn, Breanna has been awarded a research fellowship at the Congressional Research Service in the Library of Congress and was awarded the Saundra K. Schneider Tuition Scholarship to attend the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research Summer Program at the University of Michigan. In addition, Breanna also has been awarded the University of Pennsylvania’s Certificate in University Teaching and the Certificate in Empirical Implications for Theoretical Models (EITM).  Breanna has served as a teaching assistant at Penn in Constitutional Law, Race and Ethnic Politics, International Political Economy, and Introduction to International Relations. 

In addition to her academic studies at Penn, Breanna has served on the Executive Board of the Graduate Student Government of the School of Arts & Sciences (SASgov) and has been a School of Arts & Sciences representative to the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA).   

Prior to pursuing her doctoral studies, Breanna was a Congressional Liaison and an International Trade Specialist at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  Breanna received her Bachelor of Arts and her Master of Public Policy (Frank Batten School of Public Policy) from the University of Virginia in 2011 and 2012 respectively.