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Aug 2015 Ph. D. in History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Dissertation: “Welfare is Work: Social Welfare, Migration, and Women’s Activism in Puerto Rican Communities after 1917.”

Adviser: Dr. Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof

Examination Fields: Latino/as in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, United States 20th C & Comparative Ethnic Studies



2006 M.A., Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Connecticut, Storrs

Concentration: Latino/a Studies

Thesis: “From Formeria to Formey: Stitching Together a Concept of “Movement” Through Puerto Rican Women’s Labor History”

Adviser: Dr. Blanca Silvestrini


2004 B.A., Sarah Lawrence College

Concentrations: Latino/a Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Spanish




 Fall 2017- present     Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Connecticut, Storrs 


2016-2017  Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Brown University


 2015- 2017   Assistant Professor, Department of History, Goucher College




Latino/as in the United States

Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans in the United States

Latin America and the Caribbean

Race and ethnicity

Women, gender, and sexuality

Comparative Ethnic Studies

United States Transnational History

United States in the World

Migration, immigration, and transnationalism




Book Manuscript in Progress:


The Politics of Care: Puerto Ricans, Citizenship, and Migration after 1917


(Manuscript under contract with Duke University Press.)

Published Articles:


“Caring for Labor History,” Forum: Starting from Home: Four New Spirits Engage Labor History, LABOR: Studies in Working-Class History of the History (17:4, December 2020): 65-69.




“Linked Histories of Welfare, Labor, and Puerto Rican Migration,” Forum: Puerto Rico and the United States at Critical Junctures, Modern American History (2: Fall 2019): 165-168.




“Women Ask Relief for Puerto Ricans:” Social Workers, the Social Security Act and Puerto Rican Communities, 1933-1943,” LABOR: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas (12:3, December 2016): 105-129.




“Organizing Puerto Rican Domestics: Resistance and Household Labor Reform in the Puerto Rican Diaspora after 1930,” ILWCH: International Labor and Working-Class History (No. 8, Fall 2015): 67-86.



American Historical Association

Organization of American Historians

American Studies Association

Labor and Working-Class History Association

Latin American Studies Association​

Puerto Rican Studies Association

Berkshire Conference of Women Historians

National Women's Studies Association


Presentation at the Puerto Rican Studies Association Conference, 2013, Photo credit: Dr. Arlene Torres

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