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.”

Co-Chairs: Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof and Richard Turits

Committee Members: Maria Cotera and Sueann Caulfield

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: 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 and Institute for Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies, 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




Articles in Referred Journals


2016  “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.


2015  “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.




Contact me for information about my book manuscript or other articles and reviews in progress. 




External Fellowships, Grants, and Awards


2019- 2020 Humanities Institute Faculty Fellow, University of Connecticut

2016-2018  Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship, Brown University, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America


2016   Best-Dissertation Award, Latino/a Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association, Honorable Mention


2015-2017 SITPA Scholar (Summer Institute on Tenure and Professional Advancement) at Duke University


2012- 2013  Ford Foundation Diversity Dissertation Fellowship, Ford Foundation and National Research Council of the National Academies


2012- 2013 Gaius Charles Bolin Fellowship, Williams College, Williamstown, MA, Declined


2012 Center for Puerto Rican Studies Dissertation Fellowship, Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College, City University of New York


2012 Puerto Rican Studies Association, Graduate Student Award for Conference Participation and Travel


2008 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, Honorable Mention


University of Michigan 


2015 Rackham Finishing Fellowship, Rackham Graduate School


2013- 2014 Rackham Humanities Dissertation Fellowship, Rackham Graduate School


2012- 2013 Boyd/Williams Fellowship on Women and Work, Institute for Research on  Women and Gender


2012 Rackham Centennial Spring and Summer Fellowship Award, Rackham Graduate School


2011- 2012   Alfredo Gutiérrez Dissertation Award, Center for Latin American and   Caribbean Studies


2011 John H. D’Arms Graduate Student Awards for Summer Research Travel in the Humanities


2011 Community of Scholars Fellowship, Institute for Research on Women and   Gender and the Rackham Graduate School


2010 Rackham Research Award for Candidates, Rackham Graduate School


2010  Orla B. Taylor Award, History Department


2010  Rackham Humanities Candidacy Fellowship, Rackham Graduate School


2010 Center for the Education of Women Research Grant, Center for the Education of Women


2009 History Department Spring Research Fellowship, History Department


2009  Rackham Pre-Candidacy Research Fellowship, Rackham Graduate School


2009 Spring/Summer Rackham Research Grant


2007- 2012 Rackham Merit Fellowship, five years of funding


University of Connecticut:


2006 Robert Mead Award in Latin American Studies


2006  Puerto Rican and Latino Studies Travel Grant


2005 Multicultural/Outstanding Student Summer Fellowship


2004-2006 Latin American Studies Fellowship




****Revised Section Under Construction




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


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