I specialize in Peninsular Spanish and Latino/a/x literature, film and cultural studies. I am interested in understanding how the structures of difference operate as well as the processes of legitimization replicate in contemporary societies. I have developed a research agenda that engages in interdisciplinary approaches and employs a transnational framework to study topics of race, ethnicity, immigration, border, and intersectionality under the lens of whiteness in coalescence with several critical theories. My goal is to contribute to our understanding of how cultural forms are mediated by racial signifying practices thus forming individual and collective identities.
I am currently an ntt Assistant Professor of Spanish at Western Oregon University, recently Guest Editor of Transmodernity, the Founder Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Hispanic and Lusophone Whiteness Studies, and an external reviewer for academic journals.
I teach a wide variety of courses including all levels of Spanish language and culture, applied Spanish for the professions (Business Spanish, Introduction to Translation and Interpreting), Spanish for heritage speakers, and Hispanic literatures.