I'm a scholar of migration and citizenship; Mexican-American history; Latinx literary and cultural studies; feminist and gender studies; and speculative fiction.
I'm Associate Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. From 2013 to 2018, I was director of UC Santa Cruz's Chicano Latino Research Center (now the Research Center for the Americas).
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 also co-editing with Sylvanna Falcón, Steve McKay, Juan Poblete, and Felicity Amaya Schaeffer Spectra of Belonging: Mobility, Precarity, 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.
My publications include The Woman in the Zoot Suit: Gender, Nationalism, and the Cultural Politics of Memory (Duke University Press, 2009) and several essays about race, gender, and speculative fiction.
I'm honored to have won UC Santa Cruz's Excellence in Teaching Award and a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. I'll spend 2019-20 as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.
I'm a first-generation college student. My Bachelor's degree is in English and my Ph.D. is in Ethnic Studies, with a Designated Emphasis in Gender and Women's Studies. My degrees are from the University of California, Berkeley.
Originally from Los Angeles, I've lived in many cities--among them, Seoul and Madrid. I enjoy travel, yoga, flamenco, baking cakes, shopping in thrift stores, and photography.