Assistant Professor, Department of History and Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies, University of Connecticut, Storrs
2019-2020 Humanities Institute Research Fellow, University of Connecticut, Storrs
2016-2018 Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Brown University
I am a historian of U.S. Latino/a/xs, Latin America and the Caribbean. I have research and teaching experience in U.S. Latino/a/x studies and Latin American studies, comparative ethnic studies and women’s and gender studies, all with an emphasis on migration and transnationalism.
In August 2015 I received my Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I also hold an M.A. in Latin American and Latino/a Studies from the University of Connecticut, Storrs and a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York.
I am currently working on a book manuscript that builds upon and expands the research I conducted for my dissertation. My thesis, "Welfare is Work: Social Welfare, Migration, and Women’s Activism in Puerto Rican Communities after 1917" explored the role of Puerto Rican women in struggles for citizenship rights, social justice, labor reform and decolonization. This dissertation received an honorable mention for the Best Dissertation in Latino/a Studies award presented by the Latino Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association.
My article, “Women Ask Relief for Puerto Ricans:” Social Workers, the Social Security Act and Puerto Rican Communities, 1933-1943,” was recently published in LABOR: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas. A second article, “Organizing Puerto Rican Domestics: Resistance and Household Labor Reform in the Puerto Rican Disapora after 1930” was published in International Labor and Working-Class History.
I have received research and writing support from the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, the SITPA Fellowship (Summer Institute on Tenure and Professional Advancement) from Duke University, the Rackham Merit Fellowship at the Graduate School of the University of Michigan, and the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, CUNY.