I am a first generation Chicano scholar-activist/anthropologist who studies the political and cultural resonance of social movements. In particular, the resonance of indigenous social movements on Chicanas/os and “people of color” in the United States.
My book manuscript is a revision of my dissertation, “Autonomy Road”: the Cultural Politics of Chicana/o Autonomous Organizing in Los Angeles, California. It describes the long twenty year history of solidarity and political organizing between Chicana/o communities in the United States and the Zapatista indigenous communities of Chiapas, Mexico. Using ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Chiapas, Los Angeles, California, and the Mexico/US borderlands, the book manuscript makes a contribution to our understanding of transnational community formation and mobilization, social change, spatial violence, and Chicana/o transborder subject formation.
My current research looks at the effects of the post 2008 Housing crisis on Latino and Black families. I focus my analysis by interrogating logics of dispossession when it comes to foreclosures, forced migrations, and homelessness. I also look at the logics of race and capital that inform the prevalent forms of social organization around private property.
My teaching experience is extensive. I have taught introductory classes in Anthropology and Chicano Studies, as well as undergraduate/graduate topic seminars. I have facilitated talks and workshops on decolonial thought in the United States, Mexico, and Spain.
Chicana/o Studies 20: Introduction to Chicana/o Culture
Chicana/o Studies 50: Introduction to Chicana/o History
Chicana/o Studies 150b: History of the Southwest
Chicana/o Studies 159: Mexican Immigration
Chicana/o Studies 161: Central America and its Peoples
Chicana/o Studies 174: Chicanos, the Law, and the Criminal Justice System
Chicana/o Studies 180: Chicana/o Ethnography
Chicana/o Studies 180: Transnational Indigenous Migration
Chicana/o Studies 180: Chicanx Radical Tradition
Chicana/o Studies 180: Chicanx and Environmental Justice
Ethnic Studies 10AC: History of Race and Ethnicity in the Western United States
Ethnic Studies 101A: Social Science Methods in Ethnic Studies
Ethnic Studies 135: US Immigration
Ethnic Studies 180L: Racial Citizenship and Immigration in the United States