Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

2019
Ph.D., Romance Languages & Literatures, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Latino/a Studies Graduate Certificate | Graduate Teacher Certificate
Dissertation: “Deploying Latinidad: Citizenship, Activism, and Media Advocacy from the 1980s to the Present”
2013
B.A., Literatures in Spanish; Latin American Studies, with Honors
Minor: Management Science. University of California, San Diego

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

2021 – Present

2019 – 2021

Assistant Professor, Department of Film and Media Studies, University of California, Irvine

Assistant Professor, Department of Hispanic Studies, University of Kentucky

PUBLICATIONS

Work In Progress

Deploying Latinidad: The Politics of Contemporary Media Activism (book manuscript).

Refereed Journal Articles

Other Publications

Latino/a Caucus Spotlight,” co-authored, Journal of Cinema and Media Studies 60, no. 3 (2021).

“Assessing the State of Latinxs in Television and Film,” Flow Journal, Volume 25, (2018). 

The Media Industries and the Systemic Exclusion of Latinxs,” Flow Conference Paper, 2018

Book Reviews

Book review, “¡Sí, Ella Puede! The Rhetorical Legacy of Dolores Huerta and the United Farm Workers.” Signs: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society 46, no. (Winter 2021): 525-526.

GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, & HONORS

2022Faculty Conference Travel Grant, Humanities Center, University of California, Irvine
2021Research and Creative Activities Program Grant, Office of the Vice President, University of Kentucky
2019Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant, University of Michigan
2018Sweetland Dissertation Writing Institute, University of Michigan
2017Rackham Summer Award, University of Michigan
2013Rackham Merit Fellowship, University of Michigan

CONFERENCE ACTIVITY

Papers Presented

2022“Ethnorace, Beauty, and Language: Exploring Latinx Panethnicity and Generational Differences through Social Media Entertainment,” Console-ing Passions, June 23-25.
2022“Historicizing Latinx Social Media Entertainment: The Case of Pero Like and mitú,” Society for Cinema & Media Studies Annual Conference, March 31-April 3.
2021“The Latino Listener Fights Back: Xenophobia, Nativism, & English-language Talk Radio,” A Century of Broadcasting: Preservation and Renewal Conference, Radio Preservation Task Force of the Library of Congress. Conference canceled due to COVID-19.
2021“Weaponizing the Latino Citizen Consumer: Media Activism in the Era of Deregulation,” Society for Cinema & Media Studies Annual Conference, March 17-21. Paper accepted for 2020 conference; canceled due to COVID-19. Resubmitted and accepted for 2021.
2020“Competing Counterpublics: Latinx Twitter, Black Twitter, and Contemporary Media Activism,” Latina/o Studies Association Biennial Conference. Paper accepted; conference canceled due to COVID-19.
2019“#OscarsSoBlind: Latino Digital Media Activism, Visibility, and Belonging,” Society for Cinema & Media Studies Annual Conference, March 13-17.
2018“The Media Industries and the Systemic Exclusion of Latinxs,” Latinx Representation in Hollywood Roundtable, Flow Biennial Conference, September 27-29.
2018“The Decade of the Hispanic: Media Advocacy, Panethnicity, Hispanidad, and Respectability Politics,” Latina/o Studies Association Biennial Conference, July 11-15.
2018“Fighting the Invisibility of Latinxs: The National Hispanic Media Coalition’s Advocacy Campaigns,” Society for Cinema & Media Studies Annual Conference, March 14-18.

Panels Organized

2022“From Facebook to TikTok: Latinx Community Building, Entertainment, and Industry,” Society for Cinema & Media Studies Annual Conference, March 31-April 3.
2021“New Latinx Mediascapes: Blurring Borders through Racialized Counterpublics,” Society for Cinema & Media Studies Annual Conference, March 17-21. Panel accepted for 2020 conference; canceled due to COVID-19. Resubmitted and accepted for 2021.
2020“Latinx Cultural Advocacy: Between Cultural Citizenship and Citizen Consumerism,” Latina/o Studies Association Biennial Conference. Panel accepted; conference canceled due to COVID-19.
2018“Resisting, Navigating, & Shaping the U.S. Media Industry: Latinx Media Activism, Advocacy, and Policy,” Latina/o Studies Association Biennial Conference, July 11-15.

invited talks

2023Panelist, Reflections on Broadcasting History Conference, Library of Congress, April 27-29.
2022Panelist, “Latinx Media Studies Roundtable,” Georgia State University, March 23.
2021“Understanding Latinx Twitter and Media Activism,” Latinx Media Working Group, Levan Institute for the Humanities, University of Southern California, March 19.
2021“Competing Ethnoracialized Counterpublics: #OscarsSoWhite, Black Twitter, and Latinx Twitter,” Center for Latinx Digital Media, Northwestern University, January 28.
2019“Boycotting Howard Stern: Latino Media Activism in the Era of Deregulation,” Florida State University, February 18.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

University of Kentucky

Graduate Courses

SPA 685 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Latinx Studies. (Fall 2020)

SPA 609 Transnational Media, Flows, and Hemispheric Latinidad. (Fall 2019)

Undergraduate Courses

SPA 474 Latinxs in Media and Popular Culture. (Spring 2021)

SPA 208 U.S. Latino Culture and Politics. (Spring 2020, Spring 2021)

SPA 211 Intermediate Spanish Conversation. (Fall 2020)

SPA 438G Latinx and Latin American Media Activism. (Spring 2020)

SPA 215 Written Spanish for Bilingual Speakers. (Fall 2019)

University of Michigan

SPA 280 Conversation through Spanish/Latin American Film “Nor from here, nor there: Latino Immigration in the United States.” Designed course. Instructor of record. (Winter 2017)

SPA 277 Spanish Reading, Grammar, and Composition. Instructor of record. (Fall 2016, Winter 2016)

SPA 232 Second-Year Spanish, Continued. Instructor of record. (Spring 2016, Fall 2015) 

SPA 103 Review of Elementary Spanish. Instructor of record. (Winter 2015, Fall 2014) 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Co-Chair, Latino/a Caucus, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, 2020-2022.

Curriculum Strategist Consultant, Communities UpClose: Latinx Voices, Culture & Community, Twitter, 2021.

Project Participant, NEH funded Broadcasting Audiovisual Data: Using Linked Data and Local Authority Aggregators to Enhance Discoverability for Broadcasting, 2021.

Reviewer, “Latino Empowerment through Public Broadcasting,” American Archive of Public Broadcasting, Library of Congress, 2020. 

Latin America Exhibit Curator, Unlocking the Airwaves: Revitalizing an Early Public and Educational Radio Collection, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, 2020.

  • Unlocking the Airwaves: Revitalizing an Early Public and Educational Radio Collection is a comprehensive online collection of early educational public radio content from the National Association of Educational Broadcasters (NAEB). The forerunner of CPB and its arms, NPR and PBS, the NAEB developed and distributed educational radio programs and accompanying print materials to schools and communities across the United States.

Secretary, Latino/a Caucus, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, 2019-2020.

DEPARTMENTAL/UNIVERSITY SERVICE

University of Kentucky

Member, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, Department of Hispanic Studies, 2020-2021.

Procedure & Privilege Committee, Department of Hispanic Studies, 2019-2021.

Co-Coordinator, Spanish American Track, Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, 2019-2020.

University of Michigan

Co-Coordinator, Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop Latina/o Studies Workshop, 2016-2018.

Graduate Assistant, Michigan Humanities Emerging Research Scholars Program, 2017. 

Graduate Diversity Liaison, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, Romance Languages & Literatures Department, 2015-2016. 

Committee Member, Recruitment Weekend Committee, Romance Languages & Literatures Department, 2015, 2016. 

Committee Member, Executive Committee, Romance Languages & Literatures Department, 2014-2015.

Graduate Intern, Student Programs, Alumni Association, 2013-2014.

CAMPUS TALKS

2022Presentation to “Pero Like and mitú” article, Visual Studies Methods Graduate Seminar, University of California, Irvine, May 25.
2022Presentation to “No More Prostitutes” article, Undergraduate Latinx Sociology Course, University of California, Berkeley, March 31.
2021Black Twitter Panel, Digital Publics and Counterpublics Graduate Seminar, University of Texas at Dallas, February 3.
2020“Introduction to Latinx Studies,” Introduction to Hispanic Studies Graduate Seminar, University of Kentucky, November 17.
2018Presentation to “No More Prostitutes” article, Undergraduate Latinos in the Media Course, University of Michigan, July 25.

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