a bit about me:

I am a Trans Latinx activist scholar who was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. I earned my B.A. in Latin American & Latino Studies and Politics from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2010 and I earned my PhD from the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana, Chicano, and Central American Studies at UCLA in 2019. I am am Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, in the Dept of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at San José State University. 


My research centers a community based mixed methods approach which includes 129 surveys, 30 interviews and 2.5 years of participant observation. My research contributes to the dearth of research on Trans Latinxs, to understand how their social location shapes their relationship to their families, communities and the state. I argue that Trans Latinx bodies must conform to rigid racialized and gendered expectations—both at home and in society—in order to exist. I argue that this rigid racialized, gendered and sexual policing is what leads to various forms of violence, harassment, incarceration or immigration detention, unemployment, and, in its worst form, death. My research also focuses on forms of resistance and resiliance that Trans Latinxs embody their their spirituality, chosen families, and activism. 

My research has been funded by the American Association of University Women, Southern Methodist University, the Institute of American Cultures at UCLA, and The Center for the Study of Women at UCLA. 

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