As a scholar, cultural worker, and educator, I focus on the melding of art, ethnography, and community organizing. Currently, I am a graduate student in Anthropology at UC Irvine working on an ethnography of citizenship review and invalidation in the Southwest borderlands. 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-16 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 Chicanx 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 and a BA in Chicana/o Studies with Honors from Stanford. 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 work with a variety of communities to build intersectional and intergenerational knowledge, relationships, and power.
Works and Projects
Migration, citizenship, and citizenship invalidation
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