I have always been an eclectic individual with an interest in people, places, and the diverse cultures of the world. I spent my childhood in a Puerto Rican concentrated enclave in Harlem, New York, and later moved to a suburb in Wilmington, Delaware. I attended the University of Delaware, earning my B.A. in political science (2003), but developed an interest in Latin American and Caribbean studies while studying abroad in Havana, Cuba and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Shortly after, I began comparative ethnographic fieldwork amongst Puerto Rican migrants in Delaware and New York, and completed a M.A. in liberal arts at the University of Delaware in 2005. I continued my graduate education at Rutgers University, completing both an M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology. My research is a product of generous support from the University of Delaware’s Ronald McNair Program, Rutgers University’s Center for Race and Ethnicity, the City University of New York’s Center for Puerto Rican Studies, and the Truman Scholars Foundation. In the fall of 2013, I joined the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi.
My research focuses on Latino migration to the South, and the social class distinctions and racialization processes that create divergent experiences in Southern spaces and places. My dissertation, “The Latinization of Orlando: Race, Class, and the Politics of Place,” focused on language ideologies, racial formation, and the embodied social class identities that impacted Latino migration, settlement, and incorporation in Central Florida. I specialize in the anthropology of the contemporary United States with interests in migration, critical race theory, language ideologies, social class inequalities, and suburbanization. My new ethnographic research project examines Latino migration to Memphis, Tennessee and North Mississippi.
2014 “Puerto Ricans Live Free: Race, Language, and Orlando’s Contested Soundscape.” Southern Spaces. http://southernspaces.org/2014/puerto-ricans-live-free-race-language-and-orlandos-contested-soundscape
2013 “The Latinization of Orlando: Language, Whiteness, and the Politics of Place.” Centro Journal. Vol. XXV, No. 2.
2011 “Latinization of Space and the Memorialization of the Borinqueneers.” Anthropology News, September Issue.
2010 “Reflections from the Field: A Photo Essay of Buenaventura Lakes, FL.” Centro: Voices (Barrios Series).
Globalization and the US South
Visual and Virtual Anthropology
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Southern Studies Seminar
Race and Ethnicity in American Politics
Introduction to American Politics