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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 Departments of Sociology and Anthropology and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi, and I look forward to future fieldwork amongst Hispanic migrants in the Deep South.
My research focuses on Hispanic 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 Hispanic migration, settlement, and incorporation in Central Florida. I specialize in the anthropology of the contemporary United States with interests in Hispanic migration, critical race theory, language ideologies, social class inequalities, and suburbanization. My new ethnographic research examines Hispanic migration to Memphis, Tennessee and North Mississippi.
2014. “Language Ideologies and Racial Formation in Latino Orlando.” In Teresa Booker (ed.), Public Space, Public Policy, and Public Understanding of Race and Ethnicity in America. University of Akron Press.
2014. “Puerto Ricans Live Free: Race, Language, and Orlando’s Contested Soundscape.” Southern Spaces, March 24. 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. 25 (2): 60-95.
2011. “Latinization of Space and the Memorialization of the Borinqueneers.” Anthropology News 52 (6): 4-15. doi:10.1111/j.1556-3502.2011.52604.x
2010. “Reflections from the Field: A Photo Essay of Buenaventura Lakes, FL.” Centro: Voices (Barrios Series).