As an artist, writer, and scholar, I focus on the melding of art, ethnography, and community organizing. Currently, I am a graduate student in Anthropology at UC Irvine working on a critical ethnography of vulnerability and belonging in the US. I am a member of the Sin Huellas Artist/Activist Collective, which created the multi-media exhibit, "Detention Nation." The work has been shown in Houston, Denver, Topeka, and Lubbock. I am also a co-founder and facilitator for the Ethnic Studies Network of Texas, a network of scholars, educators, and leaders committed to growing Ethnic Studies in K-14 Texas public ed.
Previously, I served as the inaugural Associate Director of the Department of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies at TCU, the first Ethnic Studies Department in Texas. Before that, I was Mexican American Studies Faculty and the lead Puente Instructor for the Puente Project at Lee College.
I am a proud Chicana/o Studies major and hold an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell where I taught freshman writing and creative writing. Before that, I obtained a Master's degree in Anthropology and a Certificate in Culture and Media from NYU. While in New York City, I worked with undocumented youth during the early "coming out as undocumented" and Dreamer movement. Through my creative, academic, and political work, I use my privilege to work with undocumented immigrant communities and underrepresented groups in higher ed and beyond.
Works and Projects
Migration, citizenship, and belonging
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