I'm a scholar of race, gender, migration, and citizenship. My current book project, Assimilation: An Alternative History (under contract with the University of California Press), explores the history of the concept of assimilation in the United States.
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).
Over 2016-17, I was the principal investigator of Non-citizenship, UC Santa Cruz's first Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Culture. I'm now co-editing with Sylvanna Falcón, Steve McKay, Juan Poblete, and Felicity Amaya Schaeffer Spectra of Belonging: Mobility, Precarity, Non-citizenship, a volume based on our Sawyer Seminar.
I'm also 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 race, gender, and speculative fiction.
I'm honored to have won UC Santa Cruz's Excellence in Teaching Award (2010) and a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (2001-02).
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 Women, Gender, and Sexuality 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.