Director of the Latin America Center
What I do
Through research, teaching, and community-engaged work, I draw on interdisciplinary approaches to enhance the public good and contribute to studies of social inequality in Latin America and the US. I engage students directly in research inside and outside of the classroom to prepare students to become active, critical, and reflective agents of social change around the world.
I teach graduate and undergraduate courses on Qualitative Research Methodologies, Cultures of Development, Migration, and Illicit Markets.
- Ph.D., Anthropology, Brown University, 2009
- MA, Anthropology, Brown University, 2005
- BA, Latin America, Latino, and Caribbean Studies, Dartmouth College, 2003
- American Anthropological Association
- Latin American Studies Association
- International Studies Association
- Guatemala Scholars Network
- Society for Applied Anthropology
- Society for Economic Anthropology
I also conduct research on the impacts of immigration enforcement, discrimination, and weak labor protections on immigrant labor rights in the U.S. in close collaboration with community partners to shift state-level policy.
I am also pursuing a project to examine how enhanced interior immigration enforcement affects the criminal justice system across diverse Colorado counties.
- Contraband Corridor: Making a Living at the Mexico-Guatemala Border
- He used to be a Pollero’: The securitisation of migration and the smuggler/migrant nexus at the Mexico-Guatemala border
- Illegal Anthropology
- Report: Coyotes from the Same Wolf
- “Corn is Food, Not Contraband”: The Right to “Free Trade” at the Mexico-Guatemala Border.
- Migrant Contingency Politics at the Mexico-Guatemala Border
- “He used to be a pollero’: Smugglers and the Securitization of Migration at the Mexico-Guatemala Border
- A New Approach to Street-Corner Surveys of Day Laborers in Denver, Colorado.
- ‘Phantom Commerce’: Smuggling Economies, Regional Development, and (In)Security at the Mexico- Guatemala Border.
- Crimmigration as Assemblage when Everyone is a Priority
- Public Good Faculty of the Year Award, CCESL and Pioneer Awards
- Best Dissertation Prize, New England Council of Latin American Studies
- National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Fellowship, Brown University and NICHD