I'm Associate Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a scholar of migration, citizenship, race, and gender; Latinx literary, cultural, and visual studies; and Mexican American history.
My current book project, Assimilation: An Alternative History, explores the history of the concept of assimilation in the United States and what's at stake in debates about assimilation and assimilability. I'm co-editing Precarity and Belonging: Labor, Migration, and Non-citizenship, a volume based on Non-citizenship, UC Santa Cruz's first Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Culture. And I'm the author of The Woman in the Zoot Suit: Gender, Nationalism, and the Cultural Politics of Memory (Duke University Press, 2009) and several essays about Chicanafuturism, cultural production that attends to Chicanx cultural transformations resulting from new and everyday technologies and that excavates, creates, interrogates, and alters narratives of identity, technology, and the future.
I'm honored to have won UC Santa Cruz's Excellence in Teaching Award and a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. Over 2019-20, I'll develop a project on immigrant integration as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.
I'm a first-generation college student. I hold a Bachelor's degree in English and a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies, with a Designated Emphasis in Gender and Women's Studies, from the University of California, Berkeley.