I write and teach in the areas of contemporary American literature and Chicano/Latino literary and cultural studies. My first book, In the Spirit of a New People: The Cultural Politics of the Chicano Movement, is published by New York University Press. The book studies the literature, theater, music, non-fiction prose, and other creative genres of the Chicano civil rights movement. My second book project is about the suburbs in Latino/a literature and politics. In the classroom I teach surveys and topics in US Latino/a Literature, contemporary American literature, cultural studies, the literature of Maryland, and more.
Ph.D., English, University of California at Irvine, 2006
“Social Movements.” Keywords for Latina/Latino Studies. Ed. Lawrence La-Fountain, Nancy Mirabal, and Deb Vargas. New York University Press. Forthcoming.
“Teaching the Suburbs.” Latino/a Literature in the Classroom. Ed. Frederick Luis Aldama. New York: Routledge.
“Latino Media in a Digital Age.” Latinos and Narrative Media: Participation and Portrayal. Ed. Frederick Luis Aldama. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 85-91.
"No Golden Age: Television News and the Chicano Civil Rights Movement" (American Quarterly, December 2010)
Book Review of Carmen Lomas Garza by Constance Cortez (Latino Studies, vol. 9, issue 4, pages 492-493)
2016 Donna B. Hamilton Award for for Teaching Excellence in General Education
2015 USM Board of Regents' Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching
2007-2008 University of Maryland CTE-Lilly Fellow
2007 Summer GRB Award
2004-2005 University of California President's Dissertation Year Fellowship
Member, US Latina/o Studies Advisory Board
Affiliate Faculty in Women's Studies and Latin American Studies