I'm a scholar of migration, citizenship, race, and gender; Latinx literary, cultural, and visual studies; and Mexican American history.
My current book projects are Assimilation: An Alternative History and Precarity and Belonging: Labor, Migration, and Noncitizenship. I'm the author of The Woman in the Zoot Suit: Gender, Nationalism, and the Cultural Politics of Memory and several essays about Chicanafuturism.
I'm Associate Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at UC Santa Cruz. I've been a recipient of fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. I've also won UC Santa Cruz's first Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar grant and the Excellence in Teaching Award, UCSC's highest teaching honor.
Originally from Los Angeles, 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. My hobbies include photography, yoga, flamenco dance, shopping in thrift stores, and baking cakes.