Assistant Professor. Latin American and Latino Studies Department. DePaul University. 2017-Present
Visiting Scholar. Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America. Brown University. 2021
Ph.D. Chicana and Chicano Studies. UC Santa Barbara – 2017
M.A. Chicana and Chicano Studies. UC Santa Barbara – 2012
B.A. Chicana and Chicano Studies with a Political Science minor. UC Los Angeles – 2010
Becoming Salvi: Constructing Salvadoran Ethnic Identity in the Diaspora. Forthcoming from the University of Arizona Press
Articles, Chapters, and Research Reviews
“Documenting the Salvadoran Diaspora: Countering the Central American Threat Narrative.” Teaching Central American Literature in a Global Context. Modern Language Association. 2021.
“Rupturing the Silences: Intergenerational Construction of Salvadoran Immigrant War Necronarratives.” Journal of Latino-Latin American Studies 11, no 1 (2021): 75-92.
Review of U.S. Central Americans: Reconstructing Memories, Struggles, and Communities of Resistance. 2017. Edited by Alvarado, Karina O., Alicia Ivonne Estrada, and Ester E. Hernández. Latino Studies 16, no. 2 (2018).
Review of Mexican Americans and the Question of Race. 2014. By Dowling, Julie. Aztlán 40, no. 2 (2015): 281-285.
(With Gustavo Lopez) “‘How to be a Cholo’: Reinventing a Chicano Archetype on YouTube.” Camino Real: Estudios de las Hispanidades Norteamericanas 3, no. 5 (2011): 151-167.
“Central Americans in Chicana/o Studies: The Role of Co-Ethnic Curricular Space in Higher Education”
“Op-Ed: Central Americans Aren’t Co-Opting Chicano Studies. They’re Building on Their Shared History.” Remezcla – Culture. December 6, 2019. Visit.
Recent Talks and Panels
Panelists for “The Intergenerations of Central American Studies” at the American Studies Association Annual Meeting. San Juan, Puerto Rico. November 2021
Speaker in “Topics in Central American Studies: Examining Salvadoran Identity Across the Diaspora” At Stanford University’s Humanities Center – Geballe Research Workshop Series: Critical Orientations to Race and Ethnicity. October 2020
Colloquium presenter “Constructing Salvadoran War Memories in the Diaspora” University of California, Irvine. April 2020
Panelist presenting “Rupturing the Silences: Intergenerational Negotiations of Salvadoran Immigrant War Stories.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting. Honolulu, HI. Panel Title: Death, Violence, and Healing: Necronarratives and Meaning-making along the Migrant Journey. November 7-10, 2019.
Session speaker on “Mental Health and Immigration” at Ignite Chicago “Young Women Run” Conference. October 2019.
Panelists presenting “Americanness and U.S. Salvadoran Ethnic Labeling Practices.” Narrative Postmigration: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Aix-Marseille Université. March 7, 2019.
Research Fellowships, Awards, and Honors
2021 and 2020 – Faculty Recognition Award from graduating class at DePaul University Latinx Graduation
2021 – Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
2020 and 2018 – Faculty Summer Research Grant from DePaul University
2016 – Dissertation Grant from UCSB Graduate Division
2015 – Dissertation Grant from UCSB Chicana/o Studies Institute
2011, 2012 and 2014 – Graduate Studies Enhancement Grant from the Social Science Research Council
2011 – Jose Tarango and Susana Escamilla de Tarango Graduate Student Fellowship
2010 and 2013 – Graduate Opportunity Fellowship at UC Santa Barbara
2009 – Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship
2019 – Service-Learning Certificate at DePaul University.
2019 – Project Based Learning Faculty Institute at DePaul University.
2018 – Summer Institute on Tenure and Professional Development at Duke University’s Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Social Sciences.
2018 – Community Immersion Faculty Institute in Back of the Yards, Chicago. STEANS Center for Community-Based Service Learning and Community Service Studies.
2017 – Certificate in College and University Teaching at UC Santa Barbara.
Service to the University
2021 – Curriculum Development for Liberal Studies Program
2018-Present – Faculty Advisor to Lambda Theta Alpha Sorority at DePaul University
2019-Present – DePaul Latinx Graduation Committee
2019-Present – Advisory Committee for DePaul Women’s Center
2020 – Interlocutor Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution in the Americas, an evening with author Roberto Lovato, Department of Latin American and Latino Studies