I was raised in Robstown, Texas. Located along the southern coastal bend of Texas, it has been through learning this small town’s history, its landscape, and its people where I compose my inspiration for academic research and community involvement.
Currently, I a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of American Studies at Brown University. My dissertation, tentatively titled “The Age of Encampment: Race, Surveillance, and the Power of Spatial Scripts, 1933-1975,” charts a history of the creation of federally-funded camps and their lasting legacies. Beginning with the New Deal era’s push for progressive reform in the form of migratory labor camps, I trace how these initial camps came to used for the encampment of other threatening bodies such as German, Italian, and Japanese incarcerees in the 1940s and Bracero labor in the 50s. The dissertation ends with a call for the end of encampments by multiple civil rights activists in the 60s and 70s.
I currently live in Washington, D.C. for archival research and writing purposes. In 2018 I was awarded the Ford Predoctoral Fellowship for the years of 2018-2021. I am fluent in Spanish and I am gaining proficiency in American Sign Language. I serve on the board of multiple academic and community organizations. More detailed information about my work experience, scholarly productivity, and community engagement can be found by accessing my Curricula Vitae.