Assistant Professor of Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies and History, University of California, Irvine
I was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and raised in South Central Los Angeles, the daughter of Mexican immigrant factory workers. The mentorship of University of Southern California (USC) professor, Dr. George J. Sanchez was pivotal to my earning a B.A. in American Studies and Ethnicity and History (2000); M.A. in History (2003); and Ph.D. in History (2006) at USC. Throughout my undergraduate and graduate education, learning from Dr. Sanchez’s empowering models and visions of intellectual community, diversity, and innovation and its fundamental relationship to civic engagement paved the way toward a rewarding career. Coupled with my participation in USC’s Norman Topping Scholars Program; USC Readers; USC Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program; and USC’s Department of American Studies and Ethnicity’s Dissertation Workshop, his mentorship exposed me to the life changing power of diversity, research, service, writing, and teaching within and beyond USC. Trained in Chicana/o History, I have had the privilege of conducting archival research and oral life histories throughout Mexico and the United States in pursuit of historicizing the mid-twentieth century Mexican immigrant experience. Currently, I am an assistant professor in the departments of Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies and History at the University of California, Irvine, where I have had the pleasure of mentoring several undergraduates into graduate careers of their own and in fields closely related to Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies. Most recently, I was among 20 scholars nationwide awarded a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship to advance my commitment to diversity through a year of sustained book manuscript research and writing. The inspiration and energy instilled at USC continues to nurture my enthusiastic confidence in the power of education and civic engagement.