I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Penn Migration Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania. I received my Ph.D. and Master’s from the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.A. in political science and interdisciplinary studies from San Diego State University. I am an interdisciplinary scholar at the intersection of law, sociology and political science. My research investigates how Latinx communities experience the law through policing and surveillance systems, and the consequences of these experiences on their racialization, well-being, and legal consciousness. In particular, I focus on the perspectives of transborder commuters, who are U.S. citizens and non-citizens that reside in Mexican border cities but regularly cross the border to the U.S. for work, education, or commerce. I have expertise in conducting mixed-method research, where I combine ethnography, in-depth interviews, and original in-the-field surveys to develop a robust perspective into the complex lives of transborder populations. I have conducted fieldwork at three border regions, Tijuana-San Diego, Ambos Nogales-Tucson, and El Paso- Ciudad Ju├írez.

My educational aspirations have been informed by my experience commuting daily from Tijuana to San Diego as a first-generation, transborder student for more than a decade. As a community-engaged scholar, I have advocated for transborder and migrant communities, presented my work to stakeholders in both, Mexico and the U.S., and held workshops on meeting the needs of transborder youth at the local and national level.

My research is supported by numerous associations such as the American Political Science Association, the National Science Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. My work has been published in Politics, Groups, and Identities, and in academic blogs such as NACLA and the NYU Latinx Project Intervenxions Blog.

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