I was raised in Robstown, Texas. Located along the southern coastal bend, this small town’s history, its landscape, and in community with the people are where I first composed my inspiration for academic research and community involvement.
Currently, I am 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 (i.e., the concentration of populations) 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 camps accentuated racial schemas of the southern U.S. border and how these camps came to be used for the encampment of other threatening bodies such as German, Italian, and Japanese incarcerees during the 1940s. The dissertation ends with a call for the closing of encampments by 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 a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship from the National Academy of Sciences for the years of 2018-2021. I serve on the board of multiple academic and community organizations such as the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Brown University and the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers housed at Philips Academy, Andover. More detailed information about my work experience, scholarly productivity, and community engagement can be found by accessing my Curriculum Vitae.
I am fluent in Spanish and I am gaining proficiency in American Sign Language by taking community classes through DC Public Libraries. I have also committed myself to caring for too many plants and cooking extravagant meals when I’m not writing the dissertation. You’re always welcome over for dinner!
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