I’m a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the American Indian Studies Center at the University of California, Los Angeles. Before this, I was a postdoctoral fellow in the Society of Fellows and the Department of Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies (LALACS) at Dartmouth College. I hold a Ph.D. in US History from the University of California, San Diego.
I am an interdisciplinary and oral historian specializing in social movements, race and Indigeneity, labor, and im/migration between the United States and Mexico. Primarily, my work is situated within Chicanx/Latinx History, Global Indigeneity, Labor History, and Borderland Studies through a transnational lens. I am working on my book project, The People Went Walking: How the Communal Lives of Indigenous Mexicans Remade the North American West. Inspired by my training in the Black Radical Tradition and the everyday struggles of Indigenous people from Oaxaca, the book tells the story of how Indigenous migrants transformed the regions they labored along the Pacific Coast through their communal world. My book builds on my dissertation project, which received the 2022 W. Turrentine Jackson Dissertation Award from the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association (AHA), the 2022 Latinx Studies Section Dissertation Award from the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), and an honorable mention for the LASA/Oxfam America 2022 Martin Dissertation Award.
My work has been published in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, Radical History Review, Kalfou: A Journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies, and The National Review of Black Politics. Recently, my essay “Why Oaxaca? Why Now?: The Political Currents of Indigenous Oaxacan Migrants in the Twenty-First Century” was published in Aztlán 48, no. 2 (Fall 2023). In early 2024, my article “Our Dark Hands and Sore Backs’: The Comité Cívico Popular Mixteco and the New Grassroots Activism by Indigenous Mexican Migrants” will be published in The Journal of American Ethnic History. Finally, I co-authored the epilogue “We Provide Food for Your Table: Triqui Farmworkers Organizing for Change” with Seth Holmes for the revised edition of Fresh Fruits, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States (University of California Press, 2023).
My scholarship has been generously supported by the Fulbright-García Robles, the Social Science Research Council-DPDF, UC San Diego's Chancellor’s Research Excellence Scholarships, UC San Diego’s Friends of the International Center Fellowship, the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy, and the Emerging Scholars of Program at the University of Houston Downtown. I have been a research consultant for multiple projects, including “Boom Oaxaca: Conversaciones de Campo a Campo” in Fresno, California. In addition, I also conduct history-making workshops with migrant youth and community-based presentations. I am a member of the board of directors for the Centro Binacional para el Desarollo Indígena Oaxaqueño (CBDIO) in California.