Academic CV

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor. Latin American and Latino Studies Department. DePaul University. 2017-Present 

Visiting Professor. Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America. Brown University. 2020-2021


Ph.D. Chicana and Chicano Studies. UC Santa Barbara 

M.A. Chicana and Chicano Studies. UC Santa Barbara 

B.A. with Honors. Chicana and Chicano Studies. Political Science minor. UC Los Angeles 


Becoming Salvi: Crafting Ethnic Identity in the Salvadoran Diaspora. Forthcoming from the University of Arizona Press

Selected Publications

  • “Documenting the Salvadoran Diaspora: Countering the Central American Threat Narrative.” Teaching Central American Literature in a Global Context. Modern Language Association (2022): 286-298
  • “Rupturing the Silences: Intergenerational Construction of Salvadoran Immigrant War Necronarratives.” Journal of Latino-Latin American Studies 11, no 1 (2021): 75-92.
  • (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.
  • “Op-Ed: Central Americans Aren’t Co-Opting Chicano Studies. They’re Building on Their Shared History.” Remezcla – Culture. December 6, 2019. Visit

Selected Talks

  • Yale University. Center for the Study of Race, Indigineity, and Transnational Migration. 
  • Chicago Bar Association and the Greater Chicago Legal Clinic. Beyond DACA: MIgrants, Asylum, and the New U.S. Policies on Immigration. 
  • Stanford University. Humanities Center – Geballe Research Workshop Series: Critical Orientations to Race and Ethnicity. 
  • University of California, Irvine. “Constructing Salvadoran War Memories in the Diaspora” 
  • Ignite Chicago – Young Women Run Conference. “Mental Health and Immigration.” October 2019.

Media and News Features

Professional Certificates

  • Service-Learning Certificate at DePaul University.
  • Project Based Learning Faculty Institute at DePaul University.
  • Community Immersion Faculty Institute in Back of the Yards, Chicago. STEANS Center for Community-Based Service Learning and Community Service Studies. 
  • Certificate in College and University Teaching at UC Santa Barbara.

Research Awards

  • Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship – Institute for Citizens and Scholars
  • Duke University SITPA Fellowship – Center for the study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Social Sciences
  • Social Science Research Council Graduate Studies Enhancement Grant 
  • Andrew W. Mellon and Benjamin E. Hayes Undergraduate Fellowship