Immigration History, Mass Incarceration, US Foreign Relations, Social Movements, Climate Migration, Cold War, Public History
Ph.D., History, UC Irvine, 2014
M.A., History, UC Irvine, 2013
M.A., Humanities and Social Thought, New York University, 2006
B.A., History and Political Science, UCLA, 2003
My first monograph, Invisible Bodies: Immigration Crisis and Private Prisons Since the Reagan Era, is currently under contract with UNC Press's Justice, Power, and Politics series. It explores the rise of immigration detention in the United States in the early 1980s as a form of counter-insurgent warfare in Reagan's Cold War on immigrants.
I also direct a digital humanities project titled Climate Refugee Stories about migration, borders, and the fight for climate justice. This multimedia archive and public education project employs Participatory Action Research methods and is built in collaboration with a global team of migrants and refugees, students, interdisciplinary scholars, artists, and non-profit organizations.
I have a forthcoming article in a special issue of Abolition: A Journal of Insurgent Politics on Abolitionist Feminisms titled, "QTGNC Stories from Detention and Abolitionist Imaginaries, 1980-Present," and I am also currently conducting research for a second book project titled, Immigration Detention and Histories of Resistance.
- "Reagan's Cold War on Immigrants: Resistance and the Rise of a Detention Regime, 1981-1985," Journal of American Ethnic History 40:2. Forthcoming in 2021
- "Detention and Deportation." Co-authored with Caitlin Patler and Katie Dingeman-Cerda. In Routledge International Handbook of Migration Studies, Second Edition, edited by Stephen J. Gold and Stephanie J. Nawyn. London: Routledge, 2019.
- " 'Nobody Wants These People': Reagan's Immigration Crisis and the Containment of Foreign Bodies." In Body and Nation: The Global Realm of US Body Politics in the Twentieth Century, edited by Emily S. Rosenberg and Shanon Fitzpatrick. Chapel Hill: Duke University Press, 2014.
- Creator and Contributor, IMM Print, http://imm-print.com
- The #ImmigrationDetentionSyllabus, 2017. https://www.freedomforimmigrants.org/immigration-detention-syllabus
- HIST 3000: Mass Incarceration in US History
- LBST 2301: Critical Thinking and Communications: Climate Change Histories and Futures
Fellowships and Awards:
- National Geographic Documenting Human Migrations education grant (2019)
- Certificate of Excellence in Teaching, Harvard University (2018)
- Critical Refugee Studies Collective Community Organization grant, University of California (2017)
- UC-CSU Knowledge Action Network for Transformative Climate and Sustainability Education and Action grant, University of California (2017)
- Soros Justice Fellowship (2016)
- Teaching Climate and Sustainability grant, University of California, Irvine (2016)
- John Higham grant, Organization of American Historians and Immigration and Ethnic History Society (2014)
- Graduate Dean's Dissertation Fellowship, University of California, Irvine (2012)
- Graduate Fellow, Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami (2011)