I obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona with a concentration in Border Studies. My interests are on the cultural expressions of migration dynamics between Latin America, the U.S., and Spain. I have published and conducted extensive research on Ecuador–Spain migrations, and specifically on the ties between transnational social processes, cultural production, and urban planning in both Quito and Madrid. In the Quad Cities, I am a founder of the Palomares Social Justice Center and work with various associations and projects with the Mexican and Mexican American communities. Together with professor Tom Brown, I began the Mexican American Research Center, which involves students in research in the local community towards the creation of a historical archive. In addition to Spanish, I teach courses on Border Studies and migration, as well as on Latin/o American history, popular culture, music, and literature.
- B.A., Miami University
- M.A., Ph.D., Arizona