Areas of Specialization
African Americans and Latinas/os in society; International migration and U.S. demographic change; Interethnic Relations; Race and gender in media.
MA. Sociology, Arizona State University
PhD., Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego
Courses Include: Immigration, Assimilation, and Ethnicity; Comparative Race Relations; Media and Society; Blacks in American Society.
Primary research interests include: Afro Cuban and other Afro Latino immigration experiences in the U.S.; African American and Latino relations; immigrant incorporation into US society. My current research focuses on the impact of two waves of Cuban immigration, the 1980 Mariel boatlift and the 1994 Balsero crisis, on the African American and Cuban exile communities in Miami. The project also foregrounds the experiences of Afro-Cubans in the U.S., a demographic which grew in the course of these migration waves. This work is the basis for a broader study utilizing data from interviews I previously conducted in Miami, Los Angeles, and Cuba to examine the effect of migration experiences on Afro-Cuban notions of race and identity; experiences which challenge U.S. and Latin American racial and ethnic categories, as well as notions of whiteness, Pan-Africanism, and of Pan-Latinidad.