California State University, Fresno
I am an assistant professor in U.S. and Public History at Fresno State, where I direct the Valley Public History Initiative. I received my Ph.D. in Latin American history at Columbia University. I am currently writing a book that examines how migrant families used formal politics and daily and cultural practices, to engage U.S. and Mexican citizenship during the twentieth century. I have conducted archival research in Mexico and the U.S. and presented it in France, Mexico and the U.S.
My essays on migration, popular culture, and public history have appeared in a range of outlets, including Tropics of Meta, UC Press’s Boom Magazine, KCET, the encyclopedic volume, Icons of Mexico, and The History of the Family. I am also an editor at the academic blog, Tropics of Meta.
As a child of Mexican migrants and first generation college student, I have worked on initiatives to increase racial and social diversity at Columbia University and sought to build a transnational community of thinkers and cultural workers at La Casa de El Hijo del Ahuizote in Mexico City. As the South El Monte Arts Posse co-director, I have worked on building a new archive for and with South El Monte and El Monte community members. I currently reside in the Central Valley (with regular visits to the San Gabriel Valley) with Carribean Fragoza, the writer, and Aura, our sassy and fierce six year old.