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Research Interest
Migration, nationhood, citizenship, family, youth, gender, comparative ethnic studies, twentieth century Mexico, twentieth century U.S.

Doctoral Candidate in History, Latin America Field, Columbia University
Dissertation title: “Transnational Citizens: Mexican Migrant Families and Youth, 1920s to 1940s”
Prospectus Committee: Pablo Piccato (Chair), Mae Ngai, Nara Milanich, Caterina Pizzigoni, Jose Moya

MPhil, Columbia University, May 2012

Masters Degree, California State University Northridge, May 2008
History, Latin America Field                         
MA Thesis: “Defining the Mexican Nation in Times of Crisis at the Museo Nacional de Culturas Populares”

Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Los Angeles, June 2005

Language Skills
Spanish - read, speak, and write
French & Portuguese - reading knowledge

Teaching Experience
Teaching Assistant for the following courses: 
- Latin American Civilization 1
- Latin American Civilization II, Modern Mexico: From Revolution to Democracy, and Immigrants in American History and Life

Academic and Community Service
2011-Present, Co-Director, South El Monte Arts Posse
An interdisciplinary arts collective based in South El Monte and El Monte, California

2009-2010, Founder and Co-Chair
Graduate/Faculty “Workshop on Critical Approaches to Race and Ethnicity” Columbia University, 

2010-2011, Founder and Co-Chair
Students of Color Coordinator, position within the Graduate History Association at Columbia University to recruit and advocate for students of color. 

Select Academic Honors and Awards
2015 (Spring) Smithsonian Latino Studies Research Fellowship

2014 The Public History and Archive Project “East of East: Mapping Community Narratives in South El Monte and El Monte,” Funded by Los Angeles City Department of Cultural Affairs, additional funding from National Performance Network, Columbia University, and in-kind contributions from City of El Monte and South El Monte. 

2013-14 Columbia University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, International Travel  Fellowship

2012-13, Frank Rosengarten Fund for Underrepresented Minority Students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

2010 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, Honorable Mention

2010 Institute of Latin American Studies, Summer Research Grant, Columbia University

2009 Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race Pre-dissertation Summer Research Grant, Columbia University 

2007 Smithsonian Latino Museum Studies Program Fellow  

2007 Oaxaca Summer Research Seminar on Modern Mexico

2007 California State University Pre-Doctoral Fellow

2004-05 Ronald E. McNair Research Scholars Program (UCLA)

Select Conference Presentations        
“A la Universidad: Mexican Scholarships for U.S. Born Mexicans.” Migrations and Diasporas, Tepoztlan Transnational Institute, Tepoztlan, Mexico, July 22-29, 2015

“East of East: Mapping Community Narratives in South El Monte and El Monte” Creating Connections Consortium Summit 2014: Launching Transformation, Connecticut College, Connecticut, March 28-30, 2014

“La familia y el transnacionalismo durante la repatriación de mexicanos.” Joint Workshop in Latin American History. Univesité Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne-Columbia University. Paris, France December 6-7, 2013

“The Family Unit and Transnational Life and Politics.” Panel, El Retorno: Repeat and Return Migration in Chicano/a Identities. American Historical Association, Pacific Coast Branch, Colorado, August 8-10, 2013

“Towards a Transnational ‘Mexican American Generation’.” Panel, Youth, Borderlands, and the Spaces in Between, Association of American Geographers, Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, April 9-13, 2013.

Organized and Chaired: “Book Launch for Daniel Hernandez’s Down and Delirious in Mexico City: The Aztec Metropolis in the Twenty-First Century.” Panelist included: Seth Fein, Claudio Lomnitz, and Imani Johnson. Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, Columbia University, April 14, 2011

“Mexican Nationalism, Popular Culture, and Migration: The Case of Pachucos in Mexico City.”  Part of panel presentation, entitled “Watch them Cry: Elite and Popular Consumption Practices in Mexico.” Mexican Studies Group, Bilder Center for Western Hemispheric Studies, CUNY, Graduate Center, November 15, New York City, New York.

“Un debate sobre pachucos en la ciudad de México: Roberto Soto, Donato, estudiantes de la UNAM, y Tin Tan.” Esos Pachucos, Esos Chicanos, Eso Pochos! Simposio Chicano-Mexicano. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, June 24 to June 26, 2010

Juried Publications
“Transnationalism in the Life and Letters of the Venegas family,” The History of the Family. Special Issue on Migrant Correspondence, [forthcoming]

East of East: Mapping South El Monte and El Monte [In preparation]. edt Romeo Guzmán, Carribean Fragoza, Ryan Reft, Alex Cummings,. A methodologically innovative reader, Making Place is a sort of WPA guide for the twenty-first century that blends public history and traditional scholarship, oral history and memoir, creative nonfiction and photography to provide a kaleidoscopic view of two Southern California cities. Our contributors include faculty, award winning novelist from the community, activists, journalists, and doctoral candidates. 

“Tin Tan” in Icons of Mexico. Eric Zolov edt. (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, September 2015) 

“My Father’s Charreria, My Rodeo: A Paisa Journey” in Boom: A Journal of California (A Publication of UC Press) Spring 2014. Vol 4. No. 1.

Other Publications
May 2014 to Present, Edit KCET Departures Column titled “East of East.”

“Domestic Art: Nannies, Immigrants, and Labor,” Tropics of Meta, February 27, 2013

“El PAN y el voto migrante,” Letras Libres, Frontera Adentro, February 7, 2012

“Forjando identidades en la urbe de hierro: mexicanos en Nueva York” Letras Libres, Frontera Adentro, September 20, 2011

“A Posthumous Search For El Abuelo,” Acentos Review, February 2011  

“Celebrating the Virgen de Guadalupe in New York City,” Latin America Dispatch, January 7, 2011